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Sun, 26 May 2019

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Khashoggi Killing: Turkey Hits Out At French Minister

Khashoggi Killing: Turkey Hits Out At French Minister
November 13
18:18 2018

NET Bureau

Turkey on Monday lashed out at “unacceptable” and “impertinent” comments by the French foreign minister who accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of playing a “political game” over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey had shared recordings linked to the Saudi journalist’s murder last month with Riyadh, the United States, France, Britain and other allies, without giving details of the tapes’ specific content.

In an interview with France 2 television on Monday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he “for the moment was not aware” of any information transmitted by Ankara.

Asked if the Turkish president was lying, he said: “It means that he has a political game to play in these circumstances.”

His comments provoked fury in Ankara.

“We find it unacceptable that he accused President Erdogan of ‘playing political games’,” the communications director at the Turkish presidency, Fahrettin Altun, told AFP in a written statement.

“Let us not forget that this case would have been already covered up had it not been for Turkey’s determined efforts.”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu responded even more sharply, saying that his French counterpart’s accusations amounted to “impertinence”.

“It does not fit the seriousness of a foreign minister,” he said, accusing Le Drian of “exceeding his authority”.

“What lies behind this (statement)? I wonder if they are trying to cover up this murder. We will be running after this.”

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of the Saudi government, was last seen entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents for his forthcoming marriage to a Turkish woman.

Turkey’s chief prosecutor has said he was strangled and then dismembered as part of a premeditated plan. There have been claims that his body was dissolved in acid.

SOURCE: NET Bureau

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