Erdogan: Saudi Arabia took ‘important step’ in revealing Khashoggi’s killing

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the 18 suspects should be tried in Istanbul over Khashoggi murder and called for independent commission to investigate the matter.

Erdogan, who was speaking to members of his AK Party in parliament, also said he is confident of King Salman’s cooperation in the probe and said he does not doubt Saudi King Salman’s sincerity.

The Turkish President confirmed the Saudi explanation in the incident of Jamal Khashoggi and described the arrest of the accused as an important step.

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Erdogan confirmed that there were was a team of fifteen people that made up the Saudi negotiating team who came to Istanbul. They met Khashoggi at the consulate, killed him and then hid their crime from the Saudi leadership.

Erdogan asked in his speech about the location of the body, which was handed over to a local collaborator, and this was announced by Riyadh, and is working to uncover the circumstances.

He also spoke on his confidence in the investigations being carried out and expressed his cooperation at the highest levels with Riyadh to conclude it fairly and as soon as possible. This was confirmed by the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who stressed that those involved would be punished according to the laws in Saudi Arabia.

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