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Saudi royals meet with slain writer’s relatives

23 Octobre 2018

A major Saudi business conference opened in Riyadh on Tuesday morning, with the Future Investment Initiative (FII) overshadowed by the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkey's president has said the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was planned days in advance by Saudi officials.

"One cannot help but wonder how there could have been a "fistfight" between 15 young expert fighters. and a 60-year-old Khashoggi, alone and defenceless", Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and a friend of Khashoggi's, wrote in the pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper. That detail, the Saudi official claimed, came from suspects' accounts during the internal investigation process.

An Erdogan adviser, Yasin Aktay, wrote in the Yeni Safak daily that Riyadh's version of events "feels like our intelligence is being mocked".

"We strongly demand and expect that Canadian exports are used in a way that fully respects human rights", Trudeau said in the Parliament on Monday.

The Saudi official says that Khashoggi was undressed, but his body was not cut into pieces.

"The information and evidences uncovered so far show that Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered", Erdogan said.

Erdogan, during the course of his speech, did not mention the name of Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and instead referred only to the Saudi king.

He has twice held telephone talks with King Salman on the crisis, with some analysts arguing Erdogan was seeking to preserve Turkish-Saudi relations through the ageing monarch while sidelining his headstrong son Prince Mohammed.

"In addition to admitting responsibility for the crime, Saudi authorities must immediately allow the Khashoggi family to travel, if they are genuinely keen on uncovering the truth", he said.

Separately, Erdogan offered condolences to the family and relatives of Khashoggi.

"The incident took place in Istanbul", he said.

Oil giant Saudi Aramco said it signed 15 memoranda of understandings worth $34 billion.

Saudi Arabia has said Khashoggi died in a brawl at its consulate in the capitol city, and blamed rogue agents.

Qahtani, along with several other senior officials, have been fired from their government positions.

But Barmin noted that the Kremlin is being cautious not to alienate Turkey, which has taken the lead in challenging the Saudi account of Khashoggi's death. The Turkish government released new footage that shows a man identified as Mustafa al-Madani, walk out a few hours later wearing Khashoggi's clothes, a fake beard and glasses. For Saudi Arabia's allies, the question will be whether they believe that Prince Mohammed, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability.

Yasir Al-Rumayyan said the fund has invested in 50 or 60 firms via SoftBank Group's Vision Fund and would bring most of those businesses to the Kingdom.

Saudi officials have continued to allege that General Ahmed el Asiri, a top intelligence official in Saudi Arabia, is to blame for Khashoggi's killing.

"The Kingdom is in the midst of a historic transformation of unprecedented proportions, and the train has moved, and it has moved deliberately toward a transformation journey that will not be stopped", he said.

Saudi royals meet with slain writer’s relatives