Turkey turns up heat on Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi

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Turkey's pro-government media published new claims on Monday linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to reveal the "naked truth" about the case.

Saudi Arabia's many critics among Washington's politicians and commentators are calling for the United States to push King Salman to replace his son with another as crown prince.

Jubeir said Khashoggi's murder was a awful mistake and offered condolences to his family. The president has raised the possibility of imposing sanctions but said halting an arms deal would "hurt us more than it would hurt them".

Additional surveillance footage allegedly shows Madani's accomplices dumping Khashoggi's clothes in a dumpster elsewhere in the city.

Saudi Arabia has provided a shifting account of what happened to Khashoggi.

CNN aired the footage on Monday, citing a Turkish official as describing the man as a "body double" and a member of a 15-man Saudi team sent to Istanbul to target the writer.

"The threatening, attacking or killing of journalists, under any circumstances, is unacceptable and of utmost concern to our three nations".

Germany last month approved €416 million (US$480 million) worth of arms exports to Saudi Arabia for 2018.

Britain was outflanked by Germany yesterday after Angela Merkel called for a halt to arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

"I agree with all those who say when it comes to our already limited arms exports [to Saudi Arabia] that they can not take place in the current situation", Merkel said, according to AFP.




"I cannot give you a guarantee, because I cannot predict what will happen to other suppliers", Falih said, when asked whether the world can avoid oil hitting $100 per barrel again.

However, a leading U.S. Senate Republican said the Saudi explanation, which followed initial denials from the kingdom that it knew anything about Khashoggi's fate, wasn't credible.

As of now, 18 Saudi suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the incident and two senior Saudi officials fired. The existence of such evidence has been reported in Turkish media in a series of leaks, though Turkish officials have yet to publicly confirm they have recordings. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union", referring to the crown prince.

For Saudi Arabia's allies - particularly in the West - the question will be whether they believe that the prince, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability.

After days of denying to know his whereabouts, Saudi Arabia on Saturday claimed Khashoggi died during a fight inside the consulate.

There has been speculation Khashoggi was murdered because of his open criticism of the Crown Prince but Saudi authorities insist the royal played no part in his death.

"First, we condemn this act in the strongest terms", the German leader said.

He has twice held telephone talks with King Salman on the crisis, with some analysts arguing Erdogan was seeking to preserve Turkish-Saudi relations through the ageing monarch while sidelining his headstrong son Prince Mohammed.

"I am not satisfied until we find the answer".

The UK, France and Germany said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia's version of Khashoggi's death needs to be supported by "facts" to be considered "credible".

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