Saudi foreign minister promises Khashoggi probe will reveal the truth

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Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said the investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi will produce the truth about what happened.

Adel al-Jubeir also pledged that mechanisms will be put in place so that “something like this can never happen again”.

He spoke on Tuesday in Indonesia, just hours before Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Edrogan is expected to detail his own country’s findings into the matter.

Jamal Khashoggi
Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday October 2 (CCTV/TRT World/AP)

Saudi Arabia has acknowledged that Mr Kashoggi died on October 2 during a visit to the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.

The country maintains he died in a “fistfight”.

Turkish officials said the 59-year-old was attacked and killed by a 15-man Saudi team.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump has said he is not satisfied by the explanations he has heard (AP)

The Turkish president promised the case “will be revealed in all its nakedness” in a speech to ruling party members.

A stream of leaks to national and international media has increased pressure on Saudi Arabia, which is hosting a glitzy investment conference this week which many dignitaries have decided to skip because of the scandal.

Saudi Arabia said 18 Saudis were arrested and that several top intelligence officials were sacked over the killing, but critics have alleged that the punishment was designed to absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s heir-apparent, of any responsibility.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey’s president has pledged to reveal the case ‘in all its nakedness’ (AP)

US president Donald Trump said he is not satisfied with the explanations he has heard about Mr Khashoggi’s death.

Mr Trump said: “We’re going to get to the bottom of it. We have people over in Saudi Arabia now. We have top intelligence people in Turkey. They’re coming back either tonight or tomorrow.”

“We’re going to know a lot over the next two days about the Saudi situation.

“It’s a very sad thing.”

Mr Trump spoke on Sunday with Crown Prince Mohammed.

“He says he is not involved nor is the king,” Mr Trump told USA Today.

The newspaper said Mr Trump declined to say whether he believed the prince’s denials. If their involvement was proven, Mr Trump said: “I would be very upset about it. We’ll have to see.”

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