Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Erdogan: Saudi government to blame for murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Erdogan: Saudi government to blame for murder of Jamal Khashoggi

In a sign the administration and its supporters are not backing off support for Mohammed, a group of evangelical leaders - some closely associated with Trump - met in Riyadh this week with the crown prince.

He said Saudi officials have not provided a full explanation for what happened at their consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, the day Khashoggi, a prominent Washington Post columnist and critic of Saudi policies, was last seen. As if a devastating war in Yemen and the risky persecution of dissidents within the country aren't concerning enough to the president, Saudi Arabia's 007 spy mission inside Turkey demonstrates that they're willing to break global norms and laws to get what they want.

"The Khashoggi crisis is a big geo-political gamble for Turkey and so far it looks like it is playing the game masterfully".

This is another reason we were shocked and saddened by the efforts of certain Saudi officials to cover up Khashoggi's premeditated murder rather than serve the cause of justice, as our friendship would require.

"He is going nowhere", Ali Shihabi, chief of the Arabia Foundation think tank that is said to be close to the kingdom's leadership, told AFP.

We owe it to his family and friends, including his former colleagues at The Washingon Post, to give them an opportunity to say their goodbyes and pay their respects to this honorable man. "Of all nations, the United States should be leading the way", Cengiz said in opinion article published in the Washington Post, The Guardian and other media outlets on Friday.

By not directly pointing the blame at the crown prince over Khashoggi, Erdogan is seeking to keep him under pressure, according to Karim Bitar of the Paris-based French Institute for global and Strategic Affairs think-tank. "But just what is happening is opaque".

Saudi Arabia has faced a torrent of worldwide condemnation over the killing of the royal insider-turned-critic.

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"He (the prince) is weakened".

Sanctions would offer up a flawless way to punish the royal government in Saudi Arabia.

"There's now an added cost to. cooperating or partnering with Saudi Arabia in general, the government in particular and, especially, the crown prince". We also know that those individuals came to carry out their orders: "Kill Khashoggi and leave", he wrote.

Stoking such speculation last week was Prince Mohammed's surprisingly conciliatory tone on Qatar - allied with Turkey - after Saudi Arabia and its allies spent more than a year enforcing an embargo against the tiny gas-rich emirate. In their first version, they claimed Khashoggi was killed in a fight that was randomly triggered during a peaceful meeting, but their new story points to Turkish intel that shows the incident was planned by Saudi officials.

Saudi Arabia has denied the media reports. He called Khashoggi's killing "inexplicable".

Instead of backing off Prince Mohammed, the USA hopes to capitalize on what it regards as new leverage with Saudi Arabia to end the brutal civil war in Yemen and ease a regional standoff with Qatar, according to multiple U.S. and diplomatic officials.

That's why it's so important to take murders like this seriously.

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