ANKARA (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments on the investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi show that he will turn a blind to the incident no matter what, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.
On Tuesday, Trump vowed to remain a “steadfast partner” of Saudi Arabia despite saying that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have known about the plan to murder Khashoggi last month. [nL2N1XV120]
Speaking to broadcaster CNN Turk, Cavusoglu also said the United States had not informed Turkey of an audio recording regarding Khashoggi’s killing, a day after after a Turkish daily reported that the CIA was in possession of a recording in which the Crown Prince ordered to “silence Khashoggi”. [nL8N1XX2H3]
He also said there was no reason President Tayyip Erdogan and the crown prince could not meet during a visit to Argentina for the G20 summit, adding the final decision was Erdogan’s.
(Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen and Dominic Evans; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by David Dolan)