The Saudi king & crown prince receiving Khashoggi's kin
The Saudi king & crown prince receiving Khashoggi's kin

Saudi king, crown prince meet Khashoggi's kin

ANI | Updated: Oct 23, 2018 22:52 IST

Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], Oct 23 (ANI): Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman met deceased journalist Jamal Khashoggi's son and his relative at the Al Yamamah palace in Riyadh on Tuesday.
The kingdom's monarch and crown prince expressed their condolences to Salah Khashoggi, the senior scribe's son, and Sahl Ahmed Khashoggi, his relative, during the meeting, according to Al Arabiya.
The Khashoggis thanked the monarchs for their sentiment, in what is the second on record communication between the deceased's family and the Saudi royal family. The Royals had earlier called Salah Khashoggi to extend their condolences on Monday after Saudi authorities confirmed The Washington Post's columnist's death.
The meeting comes amidst the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rejection of the Saudi explanation behind Khashoggi's death. Erdogan further called for the 18 detained Saudi nationals to be tried by an "impartial team" in Turkey while becoming the first officials to go on record about the details surrounding the scribe's demise.
Jamal Khashoggi was last seen walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2 to obtain papers which would allow him to get married to his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz.
Saudi Arabia's attorney general later confirmed that preliminary investigations pointed towards the journalist's death following a brawl within consular premises, a claim which has been rejected by the Turkish President. (ANI)