Germany urges joint European stance on Saudi arms exports

Germany urges joint European stance on Saudi arms exports

Seeking to shield the crown prince, who is effectively in charge of running Saudi Arabia, from the worldwide outrage sparked by Khashoggi's disappearance and death, al-Jubeir called the killing a "huge and grave mistake" and said those involved in the consulate tried to cover it up. The existence of such evidence has been reported in Turkish media in a series of leaks, though Turkish officials have yet to confirm they have recordings.

"Would financial sanctions be considered sufficient as to have sent a message to Saudi Arabia that this will never happen again?"

Videos have emerged of a Saudi suspected of being behind Jamal Khashoggi's murder walking around Istanbul in the journalist's clothes shortly after he was last seen.

Turkish authorities believe Khashoggi's killers held him down while his fingers were hacked off and then injected him with a lethal drug before carrying him into another room where he was hoisted onto a conference table and dismembered. "This was a premeditated murder and the body was moved out of the consulate".

One vehicle visited the Belgrad Forest, a large forest area on the outskirts of Istanbul, while the other vehicle went to the city of Yalova, an hour's drive from the consulate.

Erdogan spoke after Saudi Arabia, in a statement early Saturday finally acknowledged that 59-year-old Khashoggi had died in the consulate, though its explanation that he was killed in a "fistfight" was met with worldwide skepticism and allegations of a cover-up created to absolve the crown prince and presumed heir-apparent to the Saudi throne of any responsibility.

However, leading Republicans and Democrats in Congress are saying Saudi Arabia should face punishment over Khashoggi's killing.

He was visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at the beginning of October for documents needed for his upcoming marriage.

As suspicion over his disappearance grew, Saudi authorities offered up a variety of freakish explanations, beginning with an assertion that he had left the consulate unharmed.

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Turkey earlier said 15 Saudis who travelled to Istanbul were involved in Khashoggi's disappearance.

"Corker is also calling on Turkey, which has said it has tapes from Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, to turn them over to the United States".

Jubeir had extended condolences to Khashoggi's family earlier on Sunday.

Khashoggi, journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, had been missing since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Khashoggi's son thanked the king and the crown prince, the report added.

Saudi Arabia's explanation that Khashoggi was killed in a "fistfight" and 18 Saudis have been detained has been met with worldwide skepticism and allegations of a cover-up created to absolve Prince Mohammed of direct responsibility.

"It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", Mr Trump said, adding: "Who knows?"

"Why did these 15 people come here?"

"We have a common position on arms exports that regulates many things in this sense, but final responsibility is with the member states, and hence this is a question that is in their hands", an European Union foreign service spokeswoman said on Monday.

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