Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of the Saudi government and its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul exactly one month ago on October 2. Saudi officials have acknowledged that Kashoggi was killed in the consulate on October 2, but say the assailants gave the remains to a third party.
In the wake of Khashoggi's killing, several countries have been under pressure to suspend their ties to the Saudi government, including the United Kingdom and US. "This is what is understood from the prosecutor's statement", said Aktay, who was also close to the journalist.
The Saudi Government initially insisted Khashoggi had left the consulate, later saying he died in an unplanned "rogue operation".
Reports have indicated they appeared unwilling to share knowledge over the investigation, however, with an unnamed Turkish official telling Agence France-Presse on Wednesday that the Saudis "seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators". "The Saudi regime can not be trusted to investigate this themselves".
Turkey is calling for an end to the cover-up and demanding that Saudi Arabia reveal who ordered the killing and hand over the culprits for trial in Istanbul.
The reported phone call to the White House came before Saudi Arabia admitted Khashoggi had been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The global community refused to accept the Saudi claim that the incident was not a premeditated murder.
The chief prosecutor's office in Istanbul said that during those meetings, Turkey and Saudi Arabia had "agreed to investigate, search and uncover all details of the event from all angles and to bring those who carried out and planned it to. justice".
Saudi Arabia faces sharp criticism from the worldwide community in the wake of the death.
"We are going to leave nothing uncovered", stated President Trump. However, he also said he was unwilling to sacrifice lucrative arms deals with the country.
Who is the "local collaborator" to whom Saudi officials claimed to have handed over Khashoggi's remains?
"His body was disposed of after being dismembered following his death by suffocation - again, in line with the plans", the statement said, according to Turkey's state-run Anadalou Agency.
Much of the information pertaining to the case has already been leaked to Turkish media, but the strengthening of Turkey's official position suggests that Ankara is unwilling to let up on rivals in Riyadh in the search for answers in Khashoggi's death. "Precisely for these reasons, we thought it was wise to accept the invitation we received from the Kingdom, issued more than two months ago, to come as evangelicals to engage in a dialogue".
Earlier, the United States called for a swift cessation of hostilities in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting rebels supported by its arch-enemy Iran.