Çavuşoğlu, ex-Saudi FM al-Jubeir discuss Khashoggi murder over phone

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 30.12.2018 20:03
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (L) and then-Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir attend the second day of an international conference for reconstruction of Iraq, in Kuwait City, on Feb. 14, 2018. (AFP Photo)
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (L) and then-Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir attend the second day of an international conference for reconstruction of Iraq, in Kuwait City, on Feb. 14, 2018. (AFP Photo)

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Sunday held a phone call with Saudi Arabia's former Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry did not elaborate on the content of the discussion. However, the focus of the call was reportedly the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

On Thursday, Saudi King Salman ordered a reshuffling of his cabinet, replacing al-Jubeir with former longtime Finance Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf.

Al-Jubeir, who served as foreign minister since 2015, was demoted to minister of state for foreign affairs.

Khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince, was killed and dismembered by a team of Saudi agents in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

The kingdom initially denied any role in Khashoggi's disappearance before acknowledging that he was murdered inside the consulate but passed the buck to rogue agents, while insisting that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had no prior knowledge of the matter, an explanation far from convincing for many.

Turkish officials have repeatedly demanded that the murder trial be held in Turkey, where the crime was committed. Saudi authorities have denied Turkey's demands and said the suspects will be tried in the kingdom.

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