Kushner: US still seeking facts in Khashoggi death

Comments from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Sunday were some of the most direct yet from Riyadh, which has given multiple and conflicting accounts about Khashoggi's killing on October 2, first denying his death and later admitting it amid an worldwide outcry.

"Today the thoughts and prayers of the whole House are with his fiancee, his family and his friends, who were left to worry for more than two weeks, only to have their worst fears confirmed". "All of this needs to be explained in all its details", Erdogan said.

Asked whether he thought the Saudis had been deceptive, Kushner said he sees deceptive things every day. King Salman, 82, has handed the day-to-day running of Saudi Arabia to him.

Madani was among the 15 suspects Turkish officials say were dispatched from Saudi Arabia to Istanbul to confront Khashoggi at the consulate.

It is a flagship scheme of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's "Vision 2030" plans for modernising the Saudi economy away from oil.

Turkish media reports and officials maintain that a 15-member Saudi team flew to Istanbul on October 2, knowing Khashoggi would enter the consulate to get a document he needed to get married.

President Emmanuel Macron has sought to downplay the importance of relations with Riyadh, saying last Friday that Saudi Arabia was not a major client of France, although his defense minister told lawmakers those arms sales were crucial for French jobs.

Mr Hunt said he had been in talks with European Union partners to "extend the sanctions regime to individuals for human rights violations".

The Saudi officer has been named Mustafa al-Madani, the CNN revealed, and was seen also walking around in Mr Khashoggi's clothes the city's Blue Mosque, a particularly populated area of Istanbul. They like each other I believe.

Turkey is conducting an investigation into Khashoggi's death and, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency, intends to search a Saudi diplomatic vehicle found in a parking lot in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia said Mohammed spoke Monday by telephone with Khashoggi's son to express condolences for the killing.

The kingdom's announcement Saturday that Khashoggi died in a "fistfight" was met with global skepticism and allegations of a cover-up to absolve the 33-year-old crown prince of direct responsibility.

"Corker is also calling on Turkey, which has said it has tapes from Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, to turn them over to the United States".

Mr Hunt continued: 'The actions Britain and our allies take will depend on two things: firstly the credibility of the final explanation given by Saudi Arabia, and secondly on our confidence that such an appalling episode can not - and will not - be repeated'.

However, if the Saudis did use a body double, obviously that would refute the notion that his killing was an accident.

Clement acknowledged Freeland's position, which also came in a written statement on Saturday, and said the government needs to do its "diligence on this".

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