Erdogan: KSA took ‘important step’ but more answers needed

JEDDAH: Jamal Khashoggi’s killers should go on trial in Turkey, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

The Saudi authorities’ declaration last week that Khashoggi had been
murdered was “an important step,” Erdogan said, and the investigation
would continue until the full facts were known.

“Personally, I do not doubt the sincerity of King Salman,” he said. “It
is very important for such a critical investigation to be carried out by
objective, fair teams.”

Erdogan said the murder at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul appeared to
have been planned, and he expected Saudi Arabia “to uncover all those
responsible for this matter from top to bottom and make them face the
necessary punishments before the law.”

He added: “We will of course investigate this murder within our borders
and do everything necessary. The fact that Jamal Khashoggi was an
internationally renowned journalist puts an international responsibility
on us.”

Later, Erdogan called the Khashoggi family in Saudi Arabia to offer his condolences.

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