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‘Khashoggi recordings appalling, shocked Saudi intelligence’

ISTANBUL: President Tayyip Erdogan said recordings related to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, which Turkey has shared with Western allies, are “appalling” and shocked a Saudi intelligence officer who listened to them, Turkish media reported on Tuesday. Khashoggi, a critic of de facto Saudi ruler Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate six weeks ago in a hit which Erdogan says was ordered at the “highest levels” of the Saudi government. Erdogan told reporters on his plane returning…

Turkey’s Erdogan says Khashoggi tapes given to key foreign nations

ISTANBUL: Turkey has given recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday. Turkish sources have said previously that authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting the murder. “We gave the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, Germans, French and British, all of them. They have listened to all the conversations in them. They know,” Erdogan said. Khashoggi, a…

Khashoggi killing ordered at Saudi ‘highest levels’, says Erdogan

ANKARA: The order to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from the “highest levels” of the Saudi government, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wrote in an opinion column in the Washington Post on Friday and he called for the “puppetmasters” to be unmasked. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of the Saudi government disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul one month ago on Oct. 2. Erdogan, in an op-ed piece in the newspaper, said he did not believe “for a second” that King Salman had…

Erdogan urges Saudi prosecutor to find out who ordered Khashoggi hit

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor, who visited on Tuesday the consulate in Istanbul where Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, to investigate who ordered the hit on the journalist. Khashoggi's death has brought near unprecedented international scrutiny on Saudi Arabia and its powerful Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and the journalist's fiancee has accused the regime of a massive cover-up. Erdogan, who says a 15-person team travelled from Riyadh to Istanbul to…

President Arif Alvi attends as Turkey’s Erdogan opens new Istanbul airport

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday opened Istanbul's new international airport, which his government says will eventually become the world's largest. "The new airport will be the pride of our country and an example to the world," Erdogan said at a lavish opening ceremony featuring several heads of state including president of Pakistan Arif Alvi. President Arif Alvi is in Turkey on three-day official visit on the invitation of Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At the inauguration…

Erdogan says strong signs Khashoggi killing was planned

ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that there were strong signs that the killing of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was planned and that he was killed in a “savage way”. Erdogan, who was speaking to members of his AK Party in parliament, also said he told Saudi King Salman that the Saudi consul in Istanbul was incompetent and that he was relieved of his duty and returned to his country. Erdogan added that the 18 people arrested in Saudi Arabia in relation to the killing matches Turkish…

Erdogan says Turkey open to investment, but has not asked any country for money

ANKARA: Turkey is open to all forms of investments and support, but it has not asked any country for money, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, as the country grapples with a currency crisis that has sent the lira plunging in recent weeks. Erdogan told members of his ruling AK Party he had ordered his ministers not to receive any financial advice or consulting from U.S. firm McKinsey, saying the government would rely on domestic capabilities instead. Turkey’s lira weakened more than one percent on…