Mohammed bin Salman tries to absolve himself of Khashoggi murder
Speaking in Riyadh at the Future Investment Initiative conference, nicknamed “Davos in the Desert”, the prince who is widely-believed to have ordered the murder, demanded 'all culprits in the Khashoggi murder should be punished'.
Middle East/ According to an Iran Press report, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, stressed that he won't allow a rift to develop between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, because of the Khashoggi affair.
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has broken a three-week public silence over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, describing the journalist’s murder as a “heinous crime that cannot be justified”.
Sitting alongside Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri on the stage, the Saudi crown prince tried to crack a joke by saying: “Saad Hariri will be here for two more days. Don’t let anyone say he’s been kidnapped.”
Without a hint of irony Mohammed bin Salman declared: "All culprits connected to the murder should be punished, and justice should prevail."
Bin Salman also announced a restructuring of the kingdom’s national security agencies and said Saudi Arabia and Turkey would work together “to reach results”.
“The incident that happened is very painful, for all Saudis … The incident is not justifiable,” he said. “They will not be able to divide us as long as there is a king called King Salman bin Abdulaziz and a president in Turkey named Erdoğan.”
The Saudi crown prince also appealed to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as a partner.
On Tuesday, Erdoğan directly accused some of the 'highest ranked Saudis' of ordering Khashoggi's murder in the Turkish parliament, but avoided mentioning Mohammad Bin Salman by name.