Turkey helping Saudis to bury the Khasoggi episode - top Erdoğan adviser

A top aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suggests that Turkey is helping to bury what happened to Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist who disappeared after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

In a column printed by the Turkish newspaper Yeni Birlik, İlnur Çevik, a top adviser to Erdoğan, wrote that by not clearly releasing evidence tied to Khashoggi’s disappearance, Turkey is implicitly helping the Saudis.

Unnamed Turkish sources have been quoted in Turkish and international press discussing evidence they say proves that Saudi Arabia had Khashoggi killed after he entered the consulate to finalise divorce papers.

Çevik criticized Saudi Arabia’s recent stance toward Turkey, including what he called its support for Kurdish militias in Syria that Turkey has been fighting against.

However, Çevik said, Turkey's response to Khashoggi's disappearance has not used the incident to punish Saudi Arabia for these unwelcome policies.

"On the contrary, Turkey is taking steps with good wills and helping out King Salman. Just because of this, King Salman called and thanked our president. Turkey is really a good friend for those who know the value of it,'' Çevik said.