Turkey demands extradition of 18 Saudis in Khashoggi case


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that the Saudi official will meet Turkish prosecutors during his visit.

Saudi Arabia's allies have reacted with outrage towards a country that is the lynchpin of a US-backed regional bloc against growing Iranian influence in the Middle East, Reuters said.

In her first television interview since the killing, Ms Hatice Cengiz last Friday recounted the events leading up to their visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2, where Mr Khashoggi handed her his two mobile phones and went inside while she waited outside for him to emerge.

Turkey has since demanded the extradiction of the 18 officials accused of Khashoggi's murder.

The Saudi state is responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and can not "wash its hands" of responsibility, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Execution Agnes Callamard said at the UN headquarters in New York City on Thursday.

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"Failure of any nation to adhere to global norms and the rule of law undermines regional stability at a time when it is needed most", he stressed.

Meanwhile, Jubeir said: "We tried not to let differences with Qatar affect the GCC ..."

Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel, who was in Turkey earlier this week to review evidence, briefed Trump in Washington on Thursday.

In a New York Times column earlier this month, Ms Cengiz said that if Mr Trump makes "a genuine contribution to the efforts to reveal what happened inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that day, I will consider accepting his invitation".

Saudi Arabia had denied any involvement in the killing before admitting the journalist died in their Istanbul consulate after a fight.

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In a separate development, Human Rights Watch said Khashoggi's son, Salah, and his family have left Saudi Arabia after the government lifted a travel ban.

Turkish authorities are demanding that Saudi Arabia turn over over his body, which was allegedly dismembered, as well as the extradition of 18 suspects from Saudi Arabia, accusing the team of "murder by premeditation, monstrous intent, or by torture".

Saudi Arabia has sought to draw a line under the crisis over Khashoggi's murder, but has come under mounting pressure from sceptical world powers demanding answers and the whereabouts of his body. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo participated in the meeting, the State Department said.

One week after the Saudis admitted culpability for his death, the U.S.is weighing further action against its partner, despite its importance to the Trump administration's foreign policy.

Khashoggi's killing has severely damaged the heir to the throne, who many believe must at a minimum have been aware of the Saudi operation, which involved several members of his personal guard and other senior officials.

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A columnist for The Washington Post, Khashoggi was last seen on October 2 when he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The CIA's Haspel heard an audio recording of Khashoggi's death during a trip to Turkey this week, sources told Reuters .