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No rift with Turkey as long as King Salman and Erdogan are around: Saudi Crown Prince

Thursday October 25, 2018 1:27 AM, News Network

Mohammed bin Salman on Khashoggi killing

Riyadh: Amidst wild speculations about the relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said there is no rift between the two countries in the presence of King Salman and President Erdogan.

“This rift will not occur between Turkey and Saudi Arabia as long as there are King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” he told the audience at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh, according to Al Arabiya English.

In his first response to Khashoggi's killing in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul Consulate, Mohammed bin Salman called it a "heinous crime that cannot be justified."

Appearing on a discussion panel at the international investment conference in Riyadh, dubbed "Davos in Desert", Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said all culprits would be punishe. He also said that Saudi Arabia and Turkey would work together "to reach results".

“Those behind this crime will be held accountable... in the end justice will prevail,” he said.

Jamal Khashoggi had disappeared after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. It was later turned out that he died in a brawl and fist-fight, according to Saudi officials. Reports from Turkey however claimed that President Erdogan had called Khashoggi's killing as "planned" and "political murder".

Western media outlets, especially those in the United States, have been since the day one linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with whatever happened to Khashoggi - something which is vehemently denied by Saudis government.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman had earlier in the day on Wednesday in a telephone call with Turkish President Erdoğan, discussed the necessary steps to highlight the issue of Jamal Khashoggi through joint efforts.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman and President Erdogan discussed “the need for joint efforts to shed light on the killing” of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi. They also discussed the steps that are needed to be taken for the investigation.

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