Erdogan takes Saudi prince to task, demands extraditions

Vladimir Putin and the Saudi crown prince greet each other like old friends

Vladimir Putin and the Saudi crown prince greet each other like old friends

Trudeau said on Saturday he had a frank conversation with MBS at the G20 leader's dinner on Friday and told him Canada would always stand up for human rights.

Khashoggi, a trenchant critic of the crown prince who relocated to Virginia and wrote op-eds for the Washington Post, was killed by Saudi operatives inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate on October 2, triggering global condemnation. "Unless the perpetrators are found out, the whole world and the Islamic community shall not be satisfied".

A group of prominent journalists and intellectuals issued an open letter protesting against his visit, saying it was "unethical and politically inappropriate".

The Islamist-oriented Turkish leader, who has been vying for influence in the region with Saudi Arabia, said he did "not wish to cause any damage" to the royal family.

Earlier, Prince Mohammed was sidelined during the official "family photo" of world leaders at Friday's gathering and was largely ignored.

Erdogan has said the killing was ordered by the highest level of Saudi leadership but probably not by King Salman, putting the spotlight instead on the 33-year-old crown prince.

Demonstrators from the Stop The War Coalition stage the protest against the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, war in Yemen and United Kingdom arms sales to Saudi Arabia outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London, Britain, October 25 2018.

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Speaking after the G20 in Argentina, he said Khashoggi had not featured in the talks and only Canada's Justin Trudeau had brought the subject up. "It remains an important relationship, and we're aiming to keep that relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

The Turkish president said Turkey had evidence that Khashoggi had been killed over the course of seven and a half minutes and had shared the evidence with those countries who had asked for it.

Meanwhile Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told CNN that he saw all the intelligence held by the USA on the killing and said there was no direct evidence linking Prince Mohammed to the murder.

"We suggest renaming the street address of the Saudi Embassy into Jamal Khashoggi Way to be a daily reminder to Saudi officials" that such killings are "totally unacceptable and as an expression of Washington's unstinting support for freedom of the press", the petition states.

"I have read every piece of intelligence that is in the possession of the United States government", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview with CNN on Saturday, "and when it is done, when you complete that analysis, there's no direct evidence linking him to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi".

Citing portions of the CIA's written assessment, the Wall Street Journal first reported on Saturday that Mohammed had sent at least 11 messages to Qahtani before and after the killing.

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