Erdogan points finger at Saudi ‘puppet masters’ in Khashoggi case

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The chief prosecutor's office in Istanbul said that during those meetings, Turkey and Saudi Arabia had "agreed to investigate, search and uncover all details of the event from all angles and to bring those who carried out and planned it to. justice".

The Saudis have admitted Khashoggi died at the consulate, while denying they know what happened to his body.

The death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has caused a stir in the worldwide community as Riyadh has been accused by Turkey of orchestrating the crime.

"Nonetheless, I must add that our friendship with Riyadh, which goes back a long time, doesn't mean we will turn a blind eye to the premeditated murder that unfolded in front of our very eyes", he continued.

The killing also strained Saudi Arabia's ties with Washington and other western allies.

The U.S.is urging Saudi Arabia to locate Khashoggi's body and return it to his family as soon as possible.

Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's fiancee had said she was "extremely disappointed" with USA response.

They include 15 members of an alleged Saudi "hit squad" that Turkey says was sent to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi, who lived in exile in the United States and had written critically of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Turkey is trying to have 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia extradited so they can be tried in a Turkish court.

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The adviser, Yasin Aktay, said that's why the body of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and USA resident, was cut into pieces.

"We now see that it wasn't just cut up, they got rid of the body by dissolving it".

Once an adviser to the Saudi royal family, Khashoggi fell out of favour with the government previous year and went into self-imposed exile.

Yasin Aktay said the "only logical conclusion" was that those who killed the journalist in Istanbul destroyed the body "to leave no trace behind".

Istanbul's prosecutor confirmed on Wednesday that the writer had been strangled.

The subsequent cover up attempts and string of untruths announced by the Saudi government in relation to the case have led many to point the finger at Crown Prince Mohammed, who is known to have a fractious relationship with his critics.

The Washington Post reported that Netanyahu approached the USA administration of President Donald Trump to seek its continued support for the Crown Prince.

Finally, on October 25, Saudi Arabia said the murder was "premeditated" based on information supplied by Turkey.

Khalid bin Ahmad tweeted that "despite the ongoing dispute, (Netanyahu) has taken a clear position on the importance of stability in the region and Saudi Arabia's role in consolidating that stability".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking on KMOX radio in St. Louis Thursday, said the journalist's killing is unacceptable, and punitive sanctions from the Trump administration are expected within the next few weeks. "We can't ignore this because we want to sell more weapons", said Ahmed Bedier of United Voices for America, a USA -based civil society group.

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