King and heir of Saudi Arabia send condolences to son of Khashoggi

King and heir of Saudi Arabia send condolences to son of Khashoggi

The King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdelaziz, and the crown prince, Mohamed bin Salman, today sent their condolences to a son of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who died at his country's consulate in Istanbul.

The official SPA agency announced today that the monarch and his son telephoned Salah Jamal Khashoggi, son of the journalist, to express his condolences.

Salah thanked the king and expressed his "sincere gratitude" to Prince Mohamed for the respective calls, according to separate press releases published by SPA.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel al-Yubeir, said in an interview with US television channel Fox today that Prince Mohamed had no knowledge of Khashoggi's death.

In that interview, Al Yubeir described the death of Khashoggi as "a grave error" and assured that "those responsible will pay for it".

The Saudi authorities denied at first the death of the journalist critical of the regime, and assured that he had left the consulate in Istanbul, to which he went to perform some procedures.

On Saturday, the Saudi authorities claimed that Khashoggi died in the course of a "fight" with the agents who were trying to question him in the diplomatic legation.

The United Kingdom, France and Germany said Sunday that Saudi Arabia's version of Khashoggi's death needs to be backed by "facts" to be considered "credible".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the suspension of the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia on the grounds that it can not be done in the "current circumstances", in reference to the Khashoggi case.

The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced that next Tuesday he will reveal "details" about the Turkish investigation of the alleged murder of the journalist.


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