Jamal Khashoggi death: Saudi Arabia say journalist was murdered

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his United States counterpart Donald Trump discussed on telephone on Sunday night the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and agreed that "all aspects of the case should be brought to light".

In an interview to Fox News, Jubeir said "Saudi security team" approached Khashoggi when he entered the consulate on October 2 and their account of what happened after that differed from the version of events Turkish officials have presented.

Jubeir was the first senior Saudi official to speak on the record since the Saudis admitted on Saturday that Khashoggi was dead.

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.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Saturday branded Saudi Arabia's explanations as not credible and demanded a thorough investigation.

"The Saudi account has been met with widespread worldwide skepticism and allegations of a cover-up".

In his comments, Mr al-Jubeir described the incident as murder.

"We are determined to uncover every stone".

After Saudi Arabia confirmed his death, she wrote on Twitter in Arabic: "They have taken your body from this world, but your attractive smile will stay in my world forever".

"This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had", he said. There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover it up.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have extended their condolences to the family and relatives of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday.

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It reported that his torturers severed his fingers during an interrogation, and that Khashoggi was killed within minutes. A guard wearing a name tag with that name appears in a video from 2017 standing next to Mohammed bin Salman .

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Saudi Arabia denies the killing but, under pressure from Britain, France and Germany , only recently began an investigation. Khashoggi hasn't been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

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For his part, Salah Jamal Khashoggi thanked the crown prince for his condolences.

She said Germany would discuss further "reactions" to the case with its global partners.

In a Washington Post interview on Saturday, US President Donald Trump said there had been "deception" and "lies" in Saudi Arabia's explanation, having previously said he found their narrative to be credible.

"Nothing can justify this killing and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms", Germany, Britain and France said in their joint statement.

Last year, Ottawa already expressed concern about the vehicles possibly being used in law enforcement operations in Saudi Arabia's east.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he will make statements about the murdered journalist during his party's parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday.

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The report by pro-Government daily Yeni Safak alleges the Crown Prince telephoned the Washington Post columnist moments before he was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. He adds Saudi officials do not know the whereabouts of Khashoggi's remains. Both areas are now being searched for Khashoggi's remains.

On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country would not export arms to Saudi Arabia amid the uncertainty around Khashoggi's death.

Khashoggi's body, the official added, was rolled up in a carpet and given to a "local cooperator" for disposal.

"Khashoggi was detained by the Saudi team inside the consulate building".

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