Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that the order to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from "the highest levels of the Saudi government," but he also exonerated King Salman of any responsibility in a published forum. in the Washington Post.
"I would like to stress that Turkey and Saudi Arabia have friendly relations," says Ergogan. "I do not believe for a single moment that King Salman, the guardian of the holy mosques, ordered the coup against Khashoggi," he added.
The assassination of the Saudi journalist, a critic of the Riyadh regime and a contributor to the Washington Post, tainted the image of the Sunni kingdom, and in particular of Crown Prince Mohammad Ben Salman, who exercises the reality of power.
Jamal Khashoggi was killed on October 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, where he went to take an administrative approach to his upcoming marriage.
"We know that the perpetrators (of the assassination) are among the 18 suspects held by Saudi Arabia. We also know that these individuals came to execute their orders: kill Khashoggi and leave. Finally, we know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government, "the Turkish president wrote in his Washington Post column.
Earlier in the day, Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee called on US President Donald Trump to support the Turkish investigation and Ankara's efforts to locate his body, in a message conveyed at a ceremony at the journalist's memory in Washington.