Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have extended their condolences to the family and relatives of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday.
While the claim has not been verified by officials in public, Turkish authorities have consistently leaked details of the investigation to pro-government media outlets and their reports have been largely accurate. On Saturday Riyadh said he was killed in a fistfight in the consulate. The team that approached Khashoggi had been sent to negotiate, but "it went south", the official said, adding that "there was no order for a kidnapping".
Mr Trump emphasised the importance of the US-Saudi relationship to Washington's regional strategic goals. He was visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at the beginning of October for documents needed for his upcoming marriage. He adds Saudi officials do not know the whereabouts of Khashoggi's remains.
Turkish police have named 15 men, including several of Prince Mohammed's personal employees and an Australia-trained, bone-saw wielding Saudi pathologist, who allegedly made up a "hit squad" to kill Khashoggi.
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However, the new narrative - that Khashoggi was accidentally strangled after a brawl erupted between him and officials inside the consulate - was greeted with scepticism and condemnation from the global community. King Salman, 82, has handed the day-to-day running of Saudi Arabia to him.
But critics believe the complex scheme that led to Khashoggi's death could not have occurred without the knowledge of Mohammed bin Salman, the country's powerful 33-year-old crown prince. The journalist has relatives in Saudi Arabia and his three children who hold U.S. citizenship.
The reason President Donald Trump has been accepting of that story, Gingrich contended, is that he "is trying to walk a tight rope" with regard to U.S. -Saudi relations, adding, "I think it's a big problem, not a small one".
In an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said that "obviously there's been deception, and there's been lies".
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Barring an unlikely "confession" from Prince Mohammed, Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff said Sunday, "the president is going to accept the crown prince's denials like he's accepted Mr Putin's denials and Kim Jong Un's denials". "We feel their pain", Jubeir said in the interview.
Although Turkey has so far stopped short of officially blaming Saudi Arabia for the killing, investigators have said they have audio and video evidence which shows Mr Khashoggi, was killed by a team of Saudi agents inside the consulate.
Also on Sunday, Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would reveal the "naked truth" of the matter in parliament on Tuesday.
The UK, France and Germany issued a joint statement expressing shock at the death and demanding a full explanation, saying: "Nothing can justify this killing and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms".
"In a statement Sunday, the governments said attacks on journalists are unacceptable and "of utmost concern to our three nations".
Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Sunday that "I agree with all those who say that the already limited arms exports. can't take place in the situation we're now in".