Turkey says it has circulated Khashoggi tapes

Turkey says it has circulated Khashoggi tapes

Turkey says it has given tapes regarding the death of Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia and a string of the kingdom's western allies, in a fresh drive to dial up pressure on Riyadh over the journalist's killing in Istanbul.

"We gave the tapes," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. "We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, Germans, French and British – all of them. They have listened to all the conversations in them. They know. "

It is the first time Mr Erdogan has been referred to the existence of recordings of the killing of the Saudi journalist – a claim that had previously been made.

His comments came as international leaders gathered in France for commemorations marking the centenary of the end of the first world. Turkish media reported that Mr. Erdogan would hold talks in Paris with Donald Trump, the US president, who is Riyadh's most important international backer.

Mr Erdogan's claim that Britain had been given the audio recording. The French Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mr Trump met his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron on Saturday. The Elysée said they have come to terms with the Saudi Arabia to shed full light on the killing of the veteran commentator.

Khashoggi, 59, was missing on October 2 after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in order to collect documents for his forthcoming marriage. The Washington Post columnist had died in a fist fight after entering the diplomatic mission. They arrested 18 people and sacked two senior officials as they sought to defeat an international outcry over his death.

Turkey has rejected Saudi explanations, insisting that a 15-man hit squad flew to Istanbul and lay in wait for the journalist before killing him in a planned attack.

Mr Abdulaziz, the Saudi king, said he had been killed in the war. Instead, he has said that Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince and de facto ruler, ordered the killing.

Mr Trump to put pressure on the Gulf kingdom.

Last month, Gina Haspel, CIA director, visited Ankara to discuss the case with Turkish intelligence officials. The Washington Post reported that they were playing audio recordings that purportedly capture the moment of Khashoggi's death.

Mr Erdogan and other senior Turkish officials have made limited statements on the case in recent days, while the international spotlight was on US midterm elections.

Mr Erdogan restates his frustration with Saudi Arabia on Saturday, accusing himself of being a prosecutor in Istanbul.

He demanded that the kingdom interrogate the 15 members of the alleged Saudi hit squad. "There's no need to distort this issue, they know for certain that the killer, or the killers, is among those 15 people, he said. "Saudi Arabia's government can disclose this by making these 15 people talk."

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