UK urges Saudis to ‘cooperate fully’ in Turkey's Khashoggi investigation
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is travelling to Saudi Arabia on Monday to demand full cooperation with Turkey’s probe into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, The Guardian reported.
“It is clearly unacceptable that the full circumstances behind his murder still remain unclear," Hunt said before the trip to meet King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "We encourage the Saudi authorities to cooperate fully with the Turkish investigation into his death, so that we deliver justice for his family and the watching world."
Hunt is the first British minister to visit Saudi Arabia since Saudi officials confirmed that the Washington Post columnist Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul over a month ago.
Turkey has said that a 15-person Saudi hit squad came to Istanbul on orders to assassinate Khashoggi. Later, Saudi Arabia admitted Khashoggi was killed in the building, but denied that the royal family was involved.
Ankara also said it has audio recordings related to Khashoggi’s death, which it has shared with Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain, Reuters reported.