Saudi Arabia s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman promised on Wednesday that the killers of Jamal Khashoggi would be brought to justice, in his first public comments since the journalist s murder sparked global condemnation. "They had the worst-cover up ever".
The president told reporters in the Oval Office that he's expecting a full report on the killing soon and said the Kingdom had "a very bad original concept" and was "carried out poorly".
Saudi authorities have detained 18 people in connection with Khashoggi's death, which officials say was accidental despite Turkish allegations that Khashoggi was intentionally killed.
Erdogan refused to accept Saudi Arabia's explanation that the Saudi journalist was accidentally killed.
Khashoggi was a U.S. resident and had lived in self-imposed exile in Virginia since 2017, shortly after MbS was appointed heir to the Saudi throne.
The Saudi government has blamed the murder on rogue agents.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said, while visiting Indonesia, that rules will be put in place so that "something like this can never happen again".
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Responding to a question on the probe into the death of Khashoggi, the USA president said, And where it should have stopped is at the deal standpoint, what they thought about it.
"Intelligence and security institutions have evidence showing the murder was planned", the Turkish president said.
"Pinning such a case on some security and intelligence members will not satisfy us or the worldwide community".
Saudi organisers of the conference have sought to portray it as business as usual, announcing 12 "mega deals" worth more than US$50 billion in oil, gas, infrastructure and other sectors on the opening day of the forum.
Mr Erdogan's address coincided with the start of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia that has been overshadowed by the Khashoggi case.
An adviser to Turkey's president said Prince Mohammed had "blood on his hands" over Khashoggi, the bluntest language yet from someone linked to Erdogan.
After weeks of denying involvement in his disappearance, Saudi Arabia on Saturday announced that he died in a fight inside the consulate.
Erdogan also said Tuesday there's a social media campaign to denigrate Turkey's credibility and they know who was behind it.