By Thomas Adamson | AP November 12 at 6:39 pm PARIS – Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau became the first…
PARIS – Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau became the first Western leader on Monday to acknowledge that his country had received recordings of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
“Canada has been fully informed of what Turkey had to share,” said Trudeau from the Canadian Embassy in Paris, where he participated in the Peace Forum after the WWI Army’s testimony.
On Saturday, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he had recorded “to Saudi Arabia, to America, to the Germans, French, to British, to all of them.”
The Canadian leader is the first since this announcement to officially confirm that his country’s intelligence had listened to the sound
Trudeau said that he had not heard them and he would not give details about the band’s content.
Trudeau said he thanked Erdogan for “his power to react to Khashoggi situa
France’s story about Erdogan’s claim to share the ties differs somewhat.
When France’s Question 2 on TV Monday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that Turkey did not “not to my knowledge” gave the French government some such recordings and suggested that the Turks played games.
“If the Turkish President has information to give us, he must give it to us,” said Le Drian. ” 19659014 “means that he has a political game in this situation, says Le Drian, referring to Erdogan.
CIA director Gina Haspel, who visited Turkey last month for information about the investigation, is reported to have heard the sound recordings of killing. of the recordings was leaked to the media but was not confirmed open until last week.
Turkey says that Khashoggi, critical of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, was hugged and disintegrated at the consulate as part of a prevented killing. Media reports have suggested that his body could have been chemically dissolved.
Saudi Arabia insisted for weeks after Khashoggi disappeared that he had left the consulate before he changed his account to say he died in a fight.
Saudi Arabia confirmed that Turkish evidence indicates that Khashoggi’s death was prevented and shifted his explanation in an obvious effort to facilitate international outrage over death.
Saudi officials characterize the killing as an unserious operation by Saudi agents that exceeded their authority. Yet some of those involved in the killing are near the Crown Prince, including a member of the Prince’s companion on foreign voyages seen at the Consulate before Khaygogi’s slaying.
On Monday, Britain’s Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt became the first British minister to visit Saudi Arabia since October 2, killing. He met King Salman and was expected to meet the Crown Prince and push Saudi authorities to fully cooperate with Turkish investigators.
Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.
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