Saudi Crown Prince Calls Journalist's Killing 'Repulsive,' Vows Justice

The incident that happened is very painful for all Saudis... The incident is not justifiable' Prince said

On Wednesday, the Turkish president and the Saudi crown prince discussed, in a phone call made at the latter's request, joint efforts to uncover all aspects of the murder of Khashoggi, according to a Turkish presidential source.

"We will prove to the world that the two governments are cooperating to punish any criminal, any culprit, and in the end justice will prevail", Prince Mohammed said, to widespread applause from conference delegates in the hall. They offered no evidence to corroborate their claims and no information on the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body, saying a local "collaborator" had disposed of it.

"His very survival depends on Trump working with him", Indyk said of bin Salman.

Meanwhile, the UK, France, and Spain have shied away from the pressure to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia, having already resisted similar calls over allegations that the Saudi military was committing war crimes in Yemen.

The body parts of murdered dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found at the Saudi consul general's home in Istanbul, a UK-based broadcaster reported on Tuesday.

The CIA's Haspel heard an audio recording of Khashoggi's death during a trip to Turkey this week, sources told Reuters.

Britain, also a major weapons supplier to the kingdom, described Riyadh's explanations as lacking credibility.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that the United Kingdom is also taking action against Saudi suspects. The U.S. has always been Saudi Arabia's most important partner and Trump has made the kingdom the centerpiece of his efforts to isolate Iran.

A demonstrator holds picture of Jamal Khashoggi during a protest in front of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul in Turkey.

One photo showed the son, Salah, looking ashen-faced and shaking hands with Mohammed as a video cameraman stood in the background.

"There are now those who are trying to take advantage of this painful situation to create a rift between the Kingdom and Turkey", he said. "And it is painful, heinous to every human being in the world", Prince Mohammed said. But the USA president suggested responsibility lay higher up. On Tuesday, Trump told reporters that Saudi authorities had staged the "worst cover-up ever" of the crime, and suggested to the Wall Street Journal that the crown prince may be responsible. "He's running things and so if anybody were going to be, it would be him", Trump said.

Riyadh has blamed a "rogue operation" for the death of the prominent Saudi journalist and said the crown prince had no knowledge of the killing. The event was attended by hundreds of bankers and company executives.

He seemed relaxed on the panel he shared with Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa and Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.

The prince joked about Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's detention in the kingdom previous year, saying he was free to leave after attending the global investment conference in Riyadh.

The Saudi central bank governor tried to reassure foreign banks that withdrew from the conference that they would not be penalized and may apply for licenses to operate in the country, the Middle East's largest economy.

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