Saudi Arabia again changes its story on Khashoggi killing

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A columnist for The Washington Post, Khashoggi was last seen on October 2 when he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Erdogan also says Turkey has other "information and evidence" about the Khashoggi's killing by Saudi officials in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, and that it will eventually reveal that information.

"The incident was very painful for all Saudis".

At a conference in Riyadh on Wednesday, the crown prince said the killing was a "heinous crime that can not be justified" and warned against any efforts to "manipulate" the crisis and drive a wedge between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which are regional rivals but also diplomatic and business partners.

"I want to send them a message that they can not do this as long as there a king named Salman bin Abdulaziz and a crown prince named Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, and a president in Turkey named Erdogan".

Saudi state news agency SPA said on Thursday that Prince Mohammed had presided over the first meeting of a committee to carry out that restructuring.

Saudi Arabia has detained 18 people and dismissed five senior government officials as part of the investigation into Khashoggi's murder.

"We will prove to the world that the two governments (Saudi and Turkish) are cooperating to punish any criminal, any culprit, and at the end justice will prevail", he said to applause.

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Nearly two dozen United States members of Congress introduced a bill that would suspend future USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

After weeks of denying involvement in his disappearance, Saudi Arabia on Saturday announced that Khashoggi died in a fight inside the consulate.

But he suggested responsibility lay higher up: "Well, the prince is running things over there more so at this stage". The U.S. has always been Saudi Arabia's most important partner and Trump has made the kingdom the centerpiece of his efforts to isolate Iran.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that the Saudi official will meet Turkish prosecutors during his visit. "He's running things and so if anybody were going to be, it would be him".

"Prime Minister Saad is staying in the kingdom for two days, so I hope you don't spread rumours that he was kidnapped", he said during a panel discussion at the event.

Hariri is in Riyadh to partake in the Future Investment Initiative forum.

Saudi Arabia is the lynchpin of a US -backed regional bloc against Iran but the crisis has strained Riyadh's relations with the West. Dozens of Western officials, bankers and company executives shunned a big investment conference in Riyadh this week.

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