Ankara (Web Desk) Turkey says it may opt for a formal United Nations investigation into the brutal murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi if Riyadh fails to fully cooperate with Ankara regarding the case.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu made the remarks after meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Tuesday.
Cavusoglu said his country was not satisfied with the level of the Saudi liaison with Turkey over Khashoggi’s murder, reiterating that the truth had to come out on who gave the orders to kill The Washington Post columnist.
“Until now, we have accepted Saudi Arabia’s offers for cooperation with us without hesitation. However, looking at the cooperation now, since we can’t find answers to the questions I just listed, this cooperation is not at the level we want,” he told reporters.
“If there is an impasse here and this investigation only goes so far or there isn’t full cooperation, then we can make the necessary applications for an international investigation,” he added, noting that he had raised the issue with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Khashoggi, a one-time royal insider who had been critical of the crown prince recently, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in early October.
Following weeks of denial of any involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance, the Riyadh regime eventually acknowledged the “premeditated” murder, but has sought to distance Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from the assassination.
Saudi Arabia’s deputy public prosecutor said last week that Khashoggi’s body had been dismembered when “negotiations” to convince him to return to kingdom failed.
Elsewhere in his comments, Cavusoglu said that both he and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had listened to the audio recording of Khashoggi’s death, and that it was up to the Turkish judiciary to decide whether to release the tape.
“It is very disgusting. If you listen to it you can understand that it is premeditated murder,” he pointed out.
The top Turkish diplomat further stressed that he “did not get an impression that US will not follow up” on the case.
He also said that Pompeo had expressed his intention to see the outcome of both Turkish and Saudi probes on the issue.
‘Case not closed’
Separately on Tuesday, Canada emphasized that it considered Khashoggi’s murder to be an open case and would use the upcoming G20 summit to push for answers concerning the issue.
“Canada very much does not consider the Khashoggi affair to be closed,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said, adding that Ottawa would push for a transparent international investigation into the case.
“It is very clearly Canada’s position that those responsible for this horrendous murder must face full responsibility for it,” she noted.