Turkey seeks extradition of 18 Saudis for murder in Khashoggi death

Turkey seeks extradition of 18 Saudis for murder in Khashoggi death

Turkey seeks extradition of 18 Saudis for murder in Khashoggi death

Adel al Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's minister of foreign affairs followed Mattis' remarks at the conference, and pushed back on world reaction to the murder.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian Federation has no reason to question Saudi Arabia's statements about the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi's fiancée says she has declined an invitation to the White House from US President Donald Trump, accusing him of not being honest about investigating the killing.

Mattis said the presence in the Middle East of Russian Federation - a major ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - could not be a replacement for the United States, whose "long-standing, enduring, and transparent" commitment to the region he reiterated.

"Of course, we have other information; documents, but there is no need to be too hasty, ' said Erdogan, who previously described Khashoggi's demise as a 'savage killing" and demanded Riyadh punish those responsible, no matter how highly placed. I said, 'You know how to make people talk.

The Istanbul prosecutor's office has submitted an extradition request to Saudi Arabia for the 18 suspects, who have not been charged.

He said the kingdom was certain that a "mistake was committed" in the killing of Mr Khashoggi, and that the people responsible had "exceeded their authority".

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, had gone missing since entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has stopped short of directly blaming the Saudi government, said the 18 suspects must know who killed Khashoggi and repeated his call for the men to be tried in Turkey.


The long-planned event has been the focus of greater scrutiny this year after the killing of Khashoggi, with Jubeir questioned about how the case would affect Saudi Arabia's credibility on foreign policy and security matters.

"I reiterate US support for our partners' right to defend themselves against Iranian-supplied Houthi attacks on their sovereign territory, and at the same time call for an urgent end to the fighting", Mattis said.

His body has not been found.

"Nobody should rule out the price jumping to $100 and $200 a barrel or maybe double that figure", warned Mr al-Dakhil, an ally of the Saudi royal court. For example, this spring Saudi Arabia said it was open to building an Arab force to eventually replace the estimated 2,000 US troops operating in Syria.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, March 20, 2018, in Washington, DC.

Palladino also said Pompeo attended a briefing on the former Washington Post writer's death by CIA Director Gina Haspel, following her return from Turkey. The kingdom's leadership has pushed responsibility down the chain of command.

Erdogan on Friday called on Riyadh to reveal who ordered the killing and the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday brushed off pressure to halt lucrative arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying such calls were "pure demagoguery".

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