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Erdogan Demands that Saudis Tell Turkey Who Ordered Khashoggi Killing



ISTANBUL – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey had uncovered further evidence in the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, pressing Saudi Arabia to reveal who gave the orders and that its leaders explain what happened to Mr. Khashoggi's body

"There is more information," Mr. Erdogan said at a gathering in the capital, Ankara, for officials from his Justice and Development Party, where he suggested he might make more evidence public in the future.

Turkey's chief prosecutor requested that 18 Mr. Khashoggi and the foreign ministry have passed the request to Turkey Saudi Arabia, Turkish media reported on Friday.

Mr. Khashoggi's Turkish fiancé, Hatice Cengiz, said in a television interview Friday that he had been relaxed and hopeful. 2 to pick up a document that would allow him to marry. Saudi Arabia.

In an emotional interview that lasted more than an hour – first television interview since his death – Ms. Cengiz described how she met and became engaged to Mr. Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom's leadership who wrote The Washington Post, and how they put the alarm out.

His first meeting at the consulate several days earlier had been courteous, so he had few qualms going back, she said. "He did not hesitate at all."

Mr. Khashoggi did not reappear, Ms. Cengiz said, she thought he was enjoying the conversation with the consular staff.

Mr. Khashoggi had left the building alive, Saudi Arabia buckled under he was killed, officials insisted that he was killed in an accident. The kingdom's official story changed yet again on Thursday

The nature of the killing of Mr Khashoggi has led many Western analysts, intelligence officials and elected leaders to suggest that it could not The prince of Saudi crown, Mohammed bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler and a key ally of the White House. Saudi Arabia has been insisted that it has not been approved, but it has been widely acknowledged that it has not been approved.

Pushing back against Western calls to cut off arms Sales or impose other sanctions, Saudi Arabia on Friday tacitly threatened that it could look like a support from Moscow.

King Salman spoke with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin about the Khashoggi case on Thursday , And on Friday, a Kremlin spokesman expressed confidence in the official statement that Saudi Arabia's announcements were "extensively covered by Russian and Saudi news media."

"Said the spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.

" We've heard the royal family's statement condemning this murder, "he said.

The manager of a Russian government investment fund, Kirill Dmitriev, is the only European government official to play a high-profile role hosted this week by Prince Mohammed. Mr. Khashoggi's death.

The C.I.A. Director, Gina Haspel, visited Turkey this week and, according to Turkish pro-government newspapers, presented with evidence gathered by Turkish investigators, including audio recordings of the killing.

Mr. Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey had shared evidence. Those who have seen the evidence are "surprised," he added.

Mr. Khashoggi has arrived at the Saudi Consulate.

"Actually, the perpetrator is certain. And what else comes up, who is giving the orders? "Mr. Erdogan said. "On which order did those come to Istanbul on Friday? The authorities should explain this. "

He added:" And of course, we have other information and documents in our hands. You want to collect the harvest when the sun rises.

The Turkish leader said that King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Prince Mohammed had both told him in telephone calls that they had arrested 18 people involved in the crime – the 15 who traveled to Turkey and three others.