Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has begun his speech, offering his “sincere apologies” to Jamal Khashoggi’s family, fiancee and the people of Saudi Arabia.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to make a highly anticipated announcement on the Khashoggi case shortly.
“Nothing about this event will remain hidden,” Erdogan’s spokesman told reporters Monday.
The speech will fall within the first hours of an investment conference in Riyadh, dubbed Davos in the Desert, that has been boycotted by most of its high-profile participants in the wake of Khashoggi’s death.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Jean-Bernard Lévy, CEO of French utility EDF, will no longer attend Saudi investment conference, per a statement from the company.
Lévy is just the latest major business or media figure to pull out of “Davos in the desert” since the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Tuesday that no evidence has been shared with any country regarding the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi case, according to Turkish state-run Anadolu News.
“There may be meetings between intelligence services,” Çavuşoğlu said. “Turkey (is) ready to cooperate in a possible probe into Khashoggi case at UN, international courts.”
The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Tuesday that because of strong international pressure, the Saudi side had to eventually acknowledge that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi took place.
He told Turkish national TV that Ankara would cooperate in any international investigation.
“We will continue this inquiry till we find out a satisfactory answer,” he said. “This is a murder enquiry and it needs to be clarified.”
Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative conference has officially kicked off in Riyadh.
High profile CEOs, guests and media partners, including CNN, have withdrawn from the conference following the news of the disappearance and then death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and Kirill Dmitriev, the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, headline the conference’s first two panels.
Indonesia is “highly expecting” a “transparent and elaborate investigation” into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to its Foreign Minister.
Retno Marsudi hosted her Saudi Arabian counterpart, Adel al-Jubeir, for bilateral talks in Jakarta on Tuesday.
During a press conference, Marsudi said: “This meeting happened amid a situation that has now become our concern, which is: the killing of Jamal Khashoggi”.
She added: “Two days ago I talked to Minister al-Jubeir and highlighted that we are determined to find out the facts”.
The Saudi Foreign Minister also made a statement, saying Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is committed to seeing “to it that the investigation is thorough and complete and that the truth is revealed, and that those responsible will be held to account. And that procedures and mechanisms are put in place to ensure that something like this can never happen again.”
Saudi Arabia’s big investment conference starts Tuesday under the shadow of Jamal Khashoggi’s death.
Dozens of top business leaders from around the world have pulled out of the Future Investment Initiative as questions have mounted over the Saudi government’s role in the killing of Khashoggi, a dissident journalist who disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.
The exodus of executives — including the CEOs of JPMorgan Chase, Uber and Siemens — has taken the shine off the showcase event hosted by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been trying to modernize the country’s oil-dependent economy.