Saudi Arabia denies charges of killing Khashoggi and Trump calls King Salman[/rtl]
[rtl]Date of release: 2018/10/13 8:25 • 128 times read[/rtl]
Al-Furat News Saudi Interior Minister Abdul Aziz bin Saud has denied accusations that his country has killed a well-known journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, in a consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
This came at a time when US President Donald Trump described Khashoggi's disappearance as serious and said he would discuss it soon with King Salman bin Abdul Aziz.
In a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency, the minister condemned the Saudi government and people for the disappearance of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi.
He added that his country would cooperate in various ways with Turkey in the investigations.
A Saudi delegation arrived in Turkey to participate in a joint investigation into the incident.
A Turkish security source close to the investigation told BBC Arabic that there was a video recording and a video showing that Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
The Washington Post quoted US and Turkish officials as saying that the recordings contained clear evidence that a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi upon his arrival at the consulate headquarters, and then killed him and cut him off.
The audio recordings, in particular, offer "some of the ugliest and most convincing evidence about the Saudi team's responsibility for the death of Khashoggi," the newspaper said.
Saudi Arabia denies the allegations and says the journalist left the consulate building.
Khashoggi, who has contributed to articles in the Washington Post, is known for his criticism of some Saudi policies in recent times.
He has lived in exile in the United States since he left Saudi Arabia last year.
International media organizations, including the New York Times and the Economist, have decided to boycott an investment conference due to start in Riyadh later this month.
British billionaire Richard Branson, chairman of the Virgin Group, also commented on some investments in Saudi Arabia following the Khashoggi incident.