WION Web Team Delhi, India
Nov 11, 2018, 05.32 PM
US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan met in Paris on Sunday. The meeting came on the sidelines of a dinner hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron on the occasion of the Armistice Day commemorations.
The meeting comes amid international pressure mounting on the Trump administration to adopt a stricter stance on Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
According to a Reuters report, the two leaders discussed how to respond to Khashoggi's killing.
Khashoggi, a critic of ruling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate by a team sent from Riyadh. Saudi authorities have acknowledged that the killing was premeditated, but his body has not been found.
"We gave the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, Germans, French and British, all of them. They have listened to all the conversations in them. They know," Erdogan said.
"There's no need to distort this issue, they know for certain that the killer, or the killers, is among these 15 people. Saudi Arabia's government can disclose this by making these 15 people talk," Erdogan was quoted by news agency Reuters.
Saudi journalist Khashoggi disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. He was a Washington Post columnist and was known to have been critical of the Saudi government and its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
(With inputs from agencies)
Khashoggi, a critic of ruling Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate by a team sent from Riyadh.