The Latest: Turkish paper: New details from Saudi Consulate
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on the fallout from the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul (all times local):
A pro-government Turkish newspaper is reporting that a member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage made four calls to the royal’s office from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul the day Jamal Khashoggi was killed.
The report by Yeni Safak on Monday cited no source for the information. However, pro-government newspapers have been leaking information about Khashoggi’s killing, apparently with the help of Turkish security forces.
The newspaper says the calls went to the head of the crown prince’s office, as well as a number in the United States.
Saudi Arabia did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday. The kingdom acknowledged Khashoggi’s death on Saturday, saying he was killed in a “fistfight.” Turkish media and officials meanwhile say the 59-year-old Washington Post columnist was attacked by a 15-man Saudi team that cut off his fingers and decapitated him.
A top German official is pressing for a joint European Union position on Saudi Arabia after Berlin backed a freeze on arms exports to the kingdom following the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has said Riyadh’s explanation of Khashoggi’s death is insufficient. Economy Minister Peter Altmaier underlined Monday its position that “we won’t at this point approve any further arms exports because we want to know what happened.”
Altmaier told ZDF television that a joint EU position is needed “because only if all European countries agree, this will make an impression on the government in Riyadh.” He said “it will have no positive consequences if we, as we are doing, currently don’t pursue our arms exports if at the same time other countries fill this gap.”
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has called the son of Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by officials that allegedly included a member of the royal’s entourage.
King Salman likewise called Khashoggi’s son, Salah.
That’s according to statements published early Monday by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. The statements said both King Salman and Prince Mohammed “expressed his condolences”
Khashoggi was killed Oct. 2 at the consulate, where he had gone to get paperwork to be married.
For weeks, Saudi Arabia insisted the Washington Post contributor had left the consulate. The kingdom finally acknowledged his death early Saturday in what it described as a “fistfight.”
Turkish media quotes officials saying a team of 15 Saudis removed Khashoggi’s fingers, killed him and dismembered him.