‘Khashoggi probe’s outcome to be shared with world’

Turkish FM Cavusoglu rules out possibility of handing over any audio recordings regarding journalist’s disappearance to US

‘Khashoggi probe’s outcome to be shared with world’

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday said the outcome of probe into disappearance of Saudi journalist Kamal Khashoggi will be shared with the world.

Cavusoglu, who is on a visit to Albania, was speaking at a joint press conference with his Albanian counterpart Ditmir Bushati.

Responding to a query, Cavusoglu said Turkey’s handing over of any audio recordings regarding Khashoggi’s disappearance to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or any other U.S. official “is out of question”.

Khashoggi has been missing since Oct. 2 when he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

On the same day of Khashoggi's disappearance, 15 other Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while Khashoggi was still inside, according to Turkish police sources. All of the identified individuals have since left Turkey.

On Wednesday, crime scene investigation units arrived at the official residence of Saudi Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi around 4.40 p.m. local time (1340GMT). Al-Otaibi had left Turkey for Riyadh on Tuesday.

Officials from a joint Turkish-Saudi team completed an investigation into the case early Thursday after searching the residence as well as the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The Turkish team concluded its search for evidence in nine hours and left but returned to the Saudi Consulate to continue searching the premises.