Turkey's Erdoğan discussed Khashoggi case with U.S. president in Paris
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdoğan on Nov. 10 met U.S. President Donald Trump in Paris during the commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.
Trump discussed the case of Jamal Khashoggi with the Turkish president hours after Erdoğan declared an audio tape of the journalist's murder was given to the United States, British conservative newspaper the Daily Mail said.
French President Emmanuel Macron planned a dinner in the honour of world leaders and their spouses who came to Paris to join the event.
The two leaders were pictured at the dinner in Paris seated next to one another in photos released by the Turkish government, revealing a lengthy conversation took place on Saturday evening at the event.
‘I can confirm they sat next to one another and they discussed the ongoing tragic situation with Khashoggi,’ Daily Mail quoted White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders as saying.
The United States has been postponing any sanction decision on Saudi Arabia until its internal investigation into the Khashoggi case is concluded.
Turkey previously claimed that a 15-person Saudi hit squad came to Istanbul to assassinate the dissident who was in self-exile in the United States. Saudi Arabia later admitted the murder but said it happened during a brawl with the officials who were trying to convince Khashoggi to return to the kingdom.
Ties between Ankara and Washington reached almost rock bottom this summer as politicians exchanged a war of words over the case of American evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson, who was sentenced to two years on terrorism charges.