Saudi Arabia now says Khashoggi murder 'premeditated'

Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi murder was 'premeditated'

Jubeir's comments come the day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for the extradition of 18 Saudi nationals authorities say were involved in the murder of Khashoggi, a Saudi government critic killed in his country's consulate in Istanbul this month.

Saudi authorities earlier arrested 18 men wanted by Ankara following an global furore over the death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of Saudi policies, who was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman met Khashoggi's son and his relative Sahl Ahmed Khashoggi at the Al Yamamah Palace in Riyadh and condoled journalist's demise.

Meanwhile, Turkey has amped up the pressure on Saudi Arabia over the murder, demanding to know the location of his body and who gave the order for his killing.

Turkish officials have said that a Saudi team of 15 men tortured, killed and dismembered the writer and in a premeditated act.

Saudi state TV quoted the Saudi public prosecutor as saying the killing had been planned, and that prosecutors were interrogating suspects on the basis of information provided by a joint Saudi-Turkish task force. "Unless you tell, Saudi Arabia will not be free from this suspicion". It claims not to know where Khashoggi's body is.

President Donald Trump has hardened his stance on the matter in the past week, calling it the "worst cover-up in history", while at the same time emphasising Saudi Arabia's role as America's most important Arab ally and the value of USA arms sales to the country.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Saturday that the Arab world is dealing two versions of the Middle East. Turkish sources say authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting the murder.

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed also said that a proposed regional security alliance bringing together the United States, Gulf allies, Egypt and Jordan would be "open to those who accept its principles".

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Al-Jubeir addressed the Khashoggi case in a question-and-answer session, in which several reporters asked different questions about Saudi Arabia's handling of the case.

Saudi Arabia has received information from Turkey that those responsible for the October 2 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul had planned the crime beforehand.

"We will overcome" the consequences of the Khashoggi killing, he added.

The Turkish leader had mocked Saudi Arabia's initial explanation of Khashoggi's disappearance - that he left the consulate alive - as "childish" and "far from state seriousness".

The remark was interpreted as a rare veiled criticism of Merkel after the chancellor announced a freeze on arms sales to Riyadh over the dissident's murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

On Thursday, CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed President Trump on the latest developments in the investigation after a fact-finding mission to Turkey.

The kingdom's chief prosecutor said Thursday that the murder was premeditated.

Mr Trump also said Riyadh had staged the "worst cover-up ever" over the killing.

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