Erdogan, Trump agree on need to explain Khashoggi’s death

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Khashoggi, a United States resident and Washington Post columnist, disappeared on October 2 after he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage to Hatice Cengiz.

Investigators hunting for Khashoggi's body have tracked two Saudi Arabian consulate vehicles to separate locations outside the city centre.

Meanwhile, Istanbul's chief prosecutor summoned 28 more staff members of the Saudi consulate, including Turkish citizens and foreign nationals, to give testimony on Monday, Turkish state broadcaster TRT reported.

That claim though met widespread scepticism. It's impossible to believe the crown prince wasn't involved.

"The strategic relationship is important for both countries", Mr Jubeir told Fox News.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he will reveal details about the Turkish investigation of the alleged murder of the journalist on Tuesday.

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The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Sunday that the Monarch, Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his son, Mohammed bin Salman, telephoned Salah Jamal Khashoggi to express their condolences, reports Efe news.

Trump initially said he believed the Saudi account, but on Saturday he said he still does not know where Khashoggi's body is.

Jubeir was the first senior Saudi official to speak on the record since the Saudis admitted on Saturday that Khashoggi was dead.

Relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia have been tense in recent months.

After accepting that US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi died inside its consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Saudi Arabia has now said that his killing was "a tremendous mistake" and a rogue operation.

Prosecutors have previously questioned consulate staff; some Turkish employees reportedly said they were instructed not to go to work around the time that Khashoggi disappeared.

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He had been living in the United States after criticising Saudi's authoritarian rulers and was writing for the Washington Post . Later in the day, Trump told reporters that "it certainly looks like" Khashoggi was dead.

Democrats have repeatedly lashed out at Mr Trump's response as weak and indecisive, and they said his latest reaction fell short as well. He also said Prince Mohammed was not responsible.

"We're trying to ascertain the facts as to what happened in the consulate", he said.

"If Saudi state involvement is indeed proven, the global community must stand firm in its stated resolve to insist on the highest level of investigation and punishment for those responsible - both for the perpetrators of this horrendous crime and the masterminds who ordered it".

While 18 others are said to be under investigation, singling out Asiri as a scapegoat clearly is meant to protect Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"WAN-IFRA calls on the Turkish authorities to urgently provide proof of its claims of Saudi state involvement in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, as well as increased worldwide pressure for a full, verifiable accounting from the Saudi monarchy as to the events leading up to his death", the statement read.

Last year, Ottawa already expressed concern about the vehicles possibly being used in law enforcement operations in Saudi Arabia's east. "I don't think we need the Saudis".

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