Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

President Donald Trump said the 18 arrests by Saudi Arabia in the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi is a "good first step" and "a big step".

Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that journalist Jamal Khashoggi had died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate - Riyadh's first acknowledgement of his death there after two weeks of denials that it had anything to do with his disappearance.

Pressed on whether he thought Britain was at risk of hypocrisy if the Government failed to hold Saudi Arabia to the same standards demanded of Russian Federation following the Salisbury attack, Mr Williamson said: "Wherever there is an injustice done there has to be action that is undertaken and there has to be a proper and formal investigation".

But that narrative - combined with the absence of Khashoggi's body - quickly drew scepticism and scorn from many, including staunch allies.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and top government figures have remained cautious in their public statements, stopping short of pinning the blame on Saudi Arabia and referring instead to the prosecutors' investigation.

Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that "decisive and brave" measures were taken by the Saudi Arabian king over the investigation into the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Senior Republican senator Marco Rubio was more stark in his assessment. What is clear, though, is that Saudi Arabia's intelligence agencies appeared to bear the brunt of the fallout. "The latest one about a fist fight gone bad is freakish", he tweeted, renewing his call for sanctions against those responsible. "Turkey will reveal whatever had happened".

In an interview with The Washington Post published on October 21, Trump said "their stories are all over the place", in his strongest comments to date.

"We were never commissioned by any authority in Saudi Arabia to prepare a report of any kind or in any form to identify critics", McKinsey said.

"This can not stand. This will not do", Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison added on Sunday.

"The Saudi's latest version of events still isn't credible, and the Trump administration must not be complicit in allowing them to sweep this under the rug".

All the arrested are Saudi citizens. "But I want to get to the answer".

Meanwhile, the deputy head of Turkey's ruling party said his country would "never allow a cover-up" over the killing of Mr Khashoggi.

He told CNN, that with an understanding that the Crown Prince can be in power for the next several decades, he 'can understand the President wanting to keep open channels'. King Salman has ordered Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to lead the charge of revamping the country's intelligence services.

Mr Trump said he would talk to the Crown Prince "very soon" before deciding what to do next.

He said in Arizona that he would work with Congress on next moves, but "I would prefer that we don't use as retribution cancelling $110 billion worth of work, which means 600,000 jobs. we need them as a counterbalance to Iran".

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