Erdogan accuses Saudi agents of killing dissident journalist

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud is responsible for the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkish presidential aide Ilnur Cevik said on Wednesday. "It was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups", Trump said.

"There should have never been an execution or a cover-up, because it should have never happened", Trump told reporters.

"I would love if he wasn't responsible", Trump said of Mohammed, also known as MBS, to The Washington Post on Saturday.

The crown prince said all culprits will be punished, and Saudi Arabia and Turkey will work together "to reach results".

The crown prince was addressing a friendly crowd as he made his remarks at an investment conference in Riyadh that has been widely boycotted by British, US and other western political leaders and business chiefs in protest at Mr Khashoggi's killing on 2 October.

It comes after Turkey's president earlier said Mr Khashoggi's body had not been found and demanded Saudi officials reveal its whereabouts.

"Where it should have stopped is at the deal standpoint, when they thought about it", he continued. "Somebody really messed up", he said.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a sharp rebuttal of Saudi Arabia's widely-criticised account that the writer for The Washington Post died accidentally in a brawl.




Saudi Arabia has agreed to a joint investigation into Khashoggi's killing with Turkey, allowing a joint search of its consulate in Istanbul days after the journalist's death.

"The foreign secretary and the foreign ministers and our ambassador have been making our position very clear to the Saudi Arabians", she said.

Labour has called for much stronger action against the Saudi authorities, including a ban on all UK arms sales to the desert kingdom and an end to the UK's backing for the Saudi-led bombing campaign against Houthi insurgents in Yemen. "To cover up such savagery would hurt the human conscience".

Saudi leaders have denied involvement in Khashoggi's murder, pushing responsibility down the chain of command.

She said the High Court ruled a year ago that British arms exports to Saudi were legal, but noted that Britain kept all licenses "under review".

After Khashoggi disappeared, Saudi Arabia denied involvement for almost three weeks.

Canada is weighing its options regarding the $15-billion contract to sell light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said "Canadians and people around the world will expect consequences" for the killing of a Saudi journalist.

Shortly after Mr Erdogan's address, King Salman of Saudi Arabia issued a statement pledging to hold Mr Khashoggi's killers to account "no matter who they may be".

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