- Title: Turkey gave Khashoggi tapes to European nations, Erdogan says
- Date: 10th November 2018
- Summary: ANKARA, TURKEY (NOVEMBER 10, 2018) (REUTERS) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "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. There is no need to distort this issue, they know for certain that the killer, or the killers, is among these 15 people." ERDOGAN LEAVING
- Embargoed: 24th November 2018 15:25
- Keywords: Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi Turkey recordings Tayyip Erdogan Germany France Britain
- Location: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY/ LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY/ LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00195X9QO7
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- Story Text: Turkey has given recordings related to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi to Germany, France and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday (November 10), seeking to maintain international pressure on Riyadh over the Saudi journalist's death.
Khashoggi, a critic of de facto Saudi ruler Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate last month in a hit which Erdogan says was ordered at the "highest levels" of the Saudi government.
His killing provoked global outrage but little concrete action by world powers against Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter and a supporter of Washington's plans to contain Iranian influence across the Middle East.
Speaking as he left Turkey to attend World War One commemorations in France which are being attended by President Donald Trump and European leaders, Erdogan said for the first time that the three European Union states had heard the recordings.
Erdogan did not give details of the contents of the tapes on Saturday but two sources with knowledge of the issue have told Reuters that Turkey has several audio recordings.
They include the killing itself and conversations pre-dating the operation which Turkey subsequently uncovered, the sources said. These had led Ankara to conclude from an early stage that the killing was premeditated, despite Saudi Arabia's initial denials of any knowledge or involvement.
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