Saudi king, crown prince call slain writer Khashoggi's son

Saudi king, crown prince call slain writer Khashoggi's son

Surveillance footage allegedly provided by Turkish authorities to CNN purports to show Khashoggi's lookalike, named as Mustaka al-Madani, leaving the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul via the rear entrance, wearing the journalist's own clothes that he wore on October 2.

She said Germany would discuss further "reactions" to the case with its worldwide partners.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister sought to contain the fallout on Sunday while telegraphing the kingdom's priority: shielding Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince and de facto ruler, from growing speculation that Khashoggi's killing could not have happened without his knowledge or consent.

Since Khasshogi's disappearance, Saudi Arabia first seemed to claim ignorance of his disappearance but has since changed the story to have the world believe that Khashoggi's death was not a political assassination, but rather a "fistfight gone bad".

US President Donald Trump accused Saudi Arabia of lying about the killing, his strongest comments to date on the affair, as pressure built Sunday on the administration to identify and punish those responsible. He initially said he believed the Saudi account.

A Saudi operative then reportedly donned Mr Khashoggi's clothes and left the consulate.

A joint Turkish-Saudi team completed an investigation into the case on Thursday after searching the residence of the consul general as well as the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Senior aides close to the prince have been fired over Khashoggi's killing, and 18 suspects have been arrested.

"The threatening, attacking or killing of journalists, under any circumstances, is unacceptable and of utmost concern to our three nations".

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey October 21, 2018.

Turkish officials say the Turkish president and his American counterpart have spoken over the phone and discussed the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a phone call to Salah Khashoggi, the eldest son of deceased journalist Jamal Khashoggi, to express "his condolences to the family and relatives of the late Jamal Khashoggi", the state-run SPA news agency reported Monday.

Germany has announced a unilateral arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, but France, the United Kingdom, and the USA have not followed suit, posing questions for Western unity in the Middle East.

As the investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi continues, Turkish police on Monday found a vehicle belonging to the Saudi consulate and bearing diplomatic plates in a private parking lot in Istanbul's Sultangazi district, where it had been parked for several days after the journalist's disappearance.

On Sunday, the Saudis claimed the initial plan was to kidnap Khashoggi and try and persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia but to release him unharmed if he refused.

Saudi Arabia so far has not acknowledged or explained Mutreb's presence in Istanbul - nor that a forensics and autopsy expert was also on hand for Khashoggi's arrival at the consulate.

In its latest version, the government conceded that Khashoggi was killed by mistake in its Istanbul consulate but this only sparked more calls for a complete and transparent investigation, coupled with the threat of sanctions. He also said he will talk soon to Prince Mohammed. Speaking late Saturday after a campaign rally in Nevada, Trump said he needs to learn more about the killing and will be working with Congress on the USA response. We are determined to find out all the facts.

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