Al Jazeera’s Jamal Elshayyal, reporting from outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, said Erdogan’s address was “anticlimatic”.
“All Erdogan did was wrap up in one speech the different bits of information that were leaked out in the past few weeks,” Elshayyal said.
“[But] he made it very clear that as far as he and his country is concerned this was a pre-planned attempt to murder Jamal Khashoggi, not to kidnap him.”
On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the “savage” killing of Saudi writer and critic Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul was “planned” days before his murder on October 2.
Addressing the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Erdogan raised several questions that he said still needed answering from officials in Riyadh but stopped short of accusing the kingdom’s royals of playing any part in the assassination.
“The Saudi authorities have taken an important step confirming the killing and now we ask Saudi authorities to work hard to reveal the names of those involved, from the bottom to the top,” Erdogan said.
“There are also questions in every mind; why did those 15 people gather in Istanbul on the day they committed the crime and … according to instructions given to them by whom? We need to know,” he added.
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