Erdogan: Turkey shared Khashoggi tapes with Saudi, US and others


Khashoggi, a Saudi national and columnist for The Washington Post, was killed October 2 inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain have listened to audio recordings related to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

"We gave the recordings, we gave them to Saudi Arabia, we gave them to Washington, to the Germans, to the French, to the English". Riyadh said that 18 people had been arrested due to their suspected involvement in the incident, and that they would be put on trial in Saudi Arabia.

"There's no need to distort this issue, they know for certain that the killer, or the killers, is among these 15 people".

It would also force the administration to tell Congress that Saudi Arabia must abide by the agreement's "Gold Standard" and an inspections agreement with the world's nuclear watchdog.

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Riyadh is under enormous worldwide pressure to explain why Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey's Istanbul in September. "Here [Turkey] is the place where the incident took place, you can discuss whatever you want to discuss here".

The bill would come as a huge blow for Saudi who just last Monday launched a project to build the country's first nuclear research reactor.

Last week, Turkish prosecutors announced preliminary findings that said Khashoggi was strangled to death in a premeditated killing soon after he entered the consulate.

After more than two weeks of denials, Saudi Arabia acknowledged that the journalist had been killed in a fight inside the consulate. President Donald Trump has reiterated he does not want to jeopardise money coming into the USA from Saudi Arabia.

"When we go to Paris, we will try to secure an opportunity and we will realize a bilateral meeting", Erdogan said ahead of his departure.