Turkey´s Erdogan says Khashoggi killing ordered by highest level of Saudi govt


Leading conservative evangelicals met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday, as questions regarding Saudi Arabia's involvement in the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi continue to pop up.

"Jamal Khashoggi was not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday in a Washington Post op-ed that "we know that the order to kill [Jamal] Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government".

A Saudi official has denied that the Crown Prince made the allegations, saying that "routine calls do exist from time to time" between the young leader and top U.S. officials but that "no such commentary was conveyed".

Because of this, many countries have publicly cut military assistance to the Kingdom and have called for the government to clarify they account of what happened to Mr Khashoggi.

Honorable Gerry Connolly, U.S. House of Reps.

"The killing of Khashoggi is inexplicable", he wrote.

US State Department spokesman Robert Palladino on Thursday called for Khashoggi's remains to be located and returned to his family for burial as soon as possible.

Erdogan stressed that in light of this, there was "no reason to believe that his murder reflected Saudi Arabia's official policy", so "it would be wrong to view the Khashoggi slaying as a "problem" between two countries".

The Saudi narrative on Khashoggi's death has shifted several times.

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Istanbul's chief prosecutor announced Wednesday that Khashoggi, who lived in exile in the United States, was strangled immediately after he entered and that his body was dismembered and removed from the consulate.

"We must all send a clear message that authoritarian regimes can not kill journalists ever again".

The CHP leader was referring to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi Consulate General to Istanbul, who left Turkey a few days after the disappearance of the journalist.

She urged Trump to support Turkey's request for Saudi Arabia to extradite those detained in the kingdom over Khashoggi's murder.

But stressing Turkey's "friendly" ties with Saudi Arabia, he added that he did not believe King Salman was involved. "This is what is understood from the prosecutor's statement".

Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

However, after the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979 and the installation of an Islamic regime, Saudi Arabia and Israel began to work together in efforts to counter Iranian influence in the region. After Saudi authorities admitted Riyadh operatives murdered him, Prince Mohammed lamented his killing as a "heinous crime".

"But the Trump administration has taken a position that is devoid of moral foundation", she wrote Friday.

Mr Pompeo said the United States had "deep and long-term strategic relationships" with Saudi Arabia and said "we intend to make sure that those relationships remain intact".

The delegation included Michael Little, former head of CBN; the current and former presidents of National Religious Broadcasters, Jerry Johnson and Wayne Pederson; and Larry Ross, founder of A. Larry Ross Communications.