Turkey says Trump comments on Khashoggi show he will turn blind eye to killing

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also said the US had not informed Turkey of an audio recording regarding Mr Jamal Khashoggi's killing.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also said the US had not informed Turkey of an audio recording regarding Mr Jamal Khashoggi's killing.PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA (REUTERS) - United States President Donald Trump's comments on the investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi show that he will turn a blind eye to the incident no matter what, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday (Nov 23).

On Tuesday, Mr Trump vowed to remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi Arabia despite saying that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have known about the plan to murder Mr Khashoggi last month.

Speaking to broadcaster CNN Turk, Mr Cavusoglu said the US had not informed Turkey of an audio recording regarding Mr Khashoggi's killing, a day after after a Turkish daily reported that the CIA was in possession of a recording in which the Crown Prince gave an order to "silence Khashoggi".

He also said there was no reason Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and the Crown Prince could not meet during a visit to Argentina next week for the G-20 summit, adding that the final decision was Mr Erdogan's.