British envoy in Riyadh, first visit since Khashoggi's death

British envoy in Riyadh, first visit since Khashoggi's death

Saudi authorities have acknowledged that the killing was premeditated.

USA president Donald Trump and French President Emanuel Macron agreed on Saturday that the Saudi authorities needed to shed full light on the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, a French presidency source said. "They know", Erdogan told Reuters.

"Even, the intelligence officer of the Saudis was shocked when he listened to the recording, as he said "this guy (perpetrator) is perhaps using heroin, only a man on heroin can do such a thing", Erdogan told the media on his return from Paris where he attended the centenary of the Armistice Day, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Last month, Saudi Arabia acknowledged that Turkish evidence indicates that Khashoggi's killing was premeditated, shifting its explanation in an apparent effort to ease worldwide outrage over the death.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that his government had been "fully briefed" on recordings provided by Ankara.

Seeking to clarify Le Drian's comments, a senior French diplomat later said the minister never commented on intelligence shared between countries and that he was neither confirming or denying French officials having listened to recordings.

Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel heard an audio recording of Khashoggi's death when she visited Istanbul, two sources told Reuters last month.

The growing evidence that Crown Prince Mohammed was involved in the killing of Khashoggi is certain to intensify pressure on the White House, which appeared intent on relying on a lack of concrete proof of his involvement to preserve its relationship with him.

Asked if that meant Erdogan was lying, the minister replied: "It means that he has a political game to play in these circumstances".

US President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he will have a clearer picture of who is responsible for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia is a major purchaser of American weapons and the linchpin of a regional strategy focused on rolling back Iranian influence. "They have listened to all the conversation in them".

Karaman said that Daily Sabah would soon publish images of the tools that were brought into the country and used by the Saudi group.

So far, 18 people, including security officers, have been arrested in Saudi Arabia in connection with the murder. Turkish officials now believe that his remains were dissolved in acid and poured down the consulate's drain.

Saudi Arabia insisted for weeks after Khashoggi disappeared that he had walked out of the consulate, before changing its account to say he died in a brawl.

Following a meeting on Saturday in Paris, Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed that Saudi authorities needed to shed full light on Khashoggi's murder, a French presidency source said.

Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 in order to finalize his divorce.

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