Khashoggi killing inside Riyadh's Istanbul consulate 'planned in savage manner': Turkey

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote critically of the kingdom's policies and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

At the same CNN forum Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she doesn't believe Saudi Arabia's explanation that Khashoggi was killed during an escalation of a fistfight.

President Trump said Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects were in custody marked a "good first step", though some US lawmakers on both sides of the aisle hav said Saudi Arabia's account isn't credible and seems created to exonerate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of any involvement despite widespread allegations that he was behind the killing.

The footage appeared after it emerged a member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage made four calls to his office from the consulate the day Mr Khashoggi disappeared, a Turkish newspaper reported.

Saudi Arabia's explanation that Khashoggi was killed in a "fistfight" and 18 Saudis have been detained has been met with global scepticism and allegations of a cover-up created to absolve Prince Mohammed of direct responsibility.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom government is under pressure from some British lawmakers to halt its arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia says Khashoggi visited the consulate and exited shortly thereafter.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Khashoggi killing inside Riyadh's Istanbul consulate 'planned in savage manner': Turkey

UK, France and Germany also doubtingThereby, he has taken the same line as the UK, France and Germany, which issued a joint statement demanding that the Saudi's explanation needed "to be backed by facts to be considered credible". Closer to home, pressure continued to grow on Trump to take a stronger stance against Saudi Arabia, the world´s biggest oil exporter and a key regional power. He also urged Turkey to turn over purported audio recordings of Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. He said massive USA investments in the kingdom and elsewhere in the region only cause chaos.

After weeks of denying involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance, Saudi Arabia has given a shifting narrative of what happened to the journalist.

Finally, he offered his condolences to Khashoggi's family.

"It definitely complicates their plans to release their proposal, if indeed they have one", said Dan Shapiro, who served as President Barack Obama's ambassador to Israel.

Trump also discussed the journalist's fate with French President Emmanuel Macron, amid increasing worldwide pressure for a transparent, independent investigation. "We're going to find out who know what, where and we'll figure it out", he said, indicating that things might be clearer by Monday.

But several of Saudi Arabia's regional allies have come out in its support. "And the end is stability in the world so that problems overseas don't come home to roost for us", he said. The attackers reportedly rolled up his body in a rug and gave it to a local person for disposal.

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