Saudi Arabia official: Reaction to Khashoggi killing is 'fairly hysterical'

Saudi Arabia official: Reaction to Khashoggi killing is 'fairly hysterical'

US Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Saturday that the United States would take additional measures against those responsible in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Hatice Cengiz told Turkish TV she thought the invitation was aimed at influencing public opinion in the US.

Saudi officials have also said he was accidentally killed in a botched security operation to return him to the kingdom. She said everyone involved, "from the highest to the lowest level", should be punished.

On Thursday, CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed US President Donald Trump on the latest developments in the investigation after a fact-finding mission to Turkey.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Saudi Arabia must disclose who gave order to murder the journalist, and that they must reveal the location of the body.

Stating that Turkey has further information and documents about the 18 suspects related to the case, Erdogan called on Saudi Arabia to hand over them to Turkey.

"Unfortunately there has been hysteria in the media about Saudi Arabia's guilt before the investigation is completed. wait until the investigation is done and the results of the investigation and then make a determination if the investigation is serious or not, but not from the get go", he responded to a series of questions on the same topic.

The evidence of Turkish investigators "indicates that the suspects in the incident had committed their act with a premeditated intention", the Saudi statement said.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia are not known to have an extradition treaty.

More news: Saudi Arabia rejects Turkey call to extradite Khashoggi killers

After denying knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts for almost three weeks, Riyadh admitted Khashoggi's murder had been "premeditated" but denied the involvement of the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"The statements he made about the subject were totally opposite within a very short period of time, and I totally took what he said [about a visit] as something he said to garner support from the public and considered it as such", she said Friday.

Trudeau said he might cut off any arms export permits that allow Canadian manufacturers of military equipment to ship their goods to Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi, a self-exiled, opposition Saudi journalist, was last seen on October 2 entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

Cengiz said in the interview she has not yet received any condolence calls from the government of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor will arrive in Turkey on Sunday as part of the investigation and will meet with Turkish counterparts, according to Erdogan. It claims not to know where Khashoggi's body is.

It's unclear if the first lady or her staff ever spoke to Cengiz, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did two days later, a State Department official told ABC News.

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. Prince Mohammed, Riyadh's de facto ruler who casts himself as a reformer, has said the killers will be brought to justice.

He pointed to an announcement by Saudi authorities that they had arrested 18 men in connection with the death, urging Riyadh to explain why they had been arrested.

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