US silence over Khashoggi’s murder: Here’s what Erdogan says

Ankara: Lashing out at the United States for not taking a tougher position against Saudi Arabia over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded answers from the kingdom over the journalist’s killing.

In an interview aired by state broadcaster TRT on Sunday, Erdogan said, “I cannot understand America’s silence when such a horrific attack took place, and even after members of the CIA listened to the recordings we provided.”

Calling the killing not an ordinary one, Erdogan demanded clarification of everything saying there is an atrocity and a murder.

Erdogan has long been insisting that the highest levels of the Saudi government had ordered Khashoggi’s killing at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul four months ago.

Erdogan claimed the murder was planned by 22 people, 15 of whom arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate on the day of the killing.

Erdogan’s remarks came after Agnes Callamard, the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions concluded a week-long trip to Turkey to gather information on the events surrounding Khashoggi’s murder four months ago.

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