Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country did not believe orders to murder Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, during a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Speaking at Japan’s National Press Club, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was “convinced that King Salman had no involvement in this murder,” adding that “he is not a person that instructs people to kill his own citizens.”
Cavusoglu also said the Turkish government had more evidence on the case and that it would likely make it public after the investigation into Khasoggi’s killing would be completed.
Cavusoglu also touched down on the reimposition of US sanctions on Iran, saying “I think instead of sanctions, meaningful dialogue and engagement is much [more] useful.”
“While we were asking exemption from the United States, we have also been very frank with them that cornering Iran is not wise. Isolating Iran is dangerous. And punishing the Iranian people is not fair,” he added.
On Monday, Bandar al-Aiban, the president of the Saudi Arabia Human Rights Commission, told the United Nations Human Rights Council that those responsible for the murder of Khashoggi would be prosecuted.
On Friday, an opinion column written by Erdogan about the Khashoggi case was published in The Washington Post, in which the Turkish leader said the Khashoggi murder was ordered from the highest levels of the Saudi government.