Journalist Jamal Khashoggi death `a mistake`: Saudi Arabia

Trump accuses Saudis of 'lies' over Khashoggi killing

Meanwhile in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to reveal within days the "naked truth" over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, insisted on Sunday that crown prince was "not aware" of the killing and that the kingdom does not know where the body is.

"Concerning arms exports: that is impossible under the circumstances we see", she added, noting that Germany is considering additional "reactions" to Khashoggi's death.

The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Sunday that the Monarch, Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his son, Mohammed bin Salman, telephoned Salah Jamal Khashoggi to express their condolences, reports Efe news.

Holly Williams reports from Istanbul. President Trump described the Saudi announcement as "a good first step".

He said the Saudis did not know how Khashoggi, a Saudi national and USA resident, had been killed or where his body was.

In an interview with The Washington Post published late Saturday, Mr Trump stepped back from his stance that the Saudis had earlier provided a credible explanation for the death of the journalist inside their Istanbul consulate, but he said he remained confident in the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

He told Fox News in an interview that Khashoggi was approached by a "Saudi security team" when he entered the consulate and their account of what happened after that differed from that of Turkish officials, which prompted the Saudis to investigate.

Turkish officials have said they believe that 15 Saudi men who arrived in Istanbul on two flights on October 2 were connected to his death.

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"He was killed in the consulate". But critics believe the complex scheme that led to Khashoggi's death could not have occurred without the knowledge of Mohammed bin Salman, the country's powerful 33-year-old crown prince. "All of this needs to be explained in all its details", President Erdogan said on Sunday. "There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up".

He said he would "love" it if the Crown Prince was not responsible for the murder.

"Corker tells CNN's "State of the Union" that the crown prince has "now crossed a line and there has to be a punishment and a price paid for that".

Saudi authorities announced that Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, died in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after a fistfight with officials there. Two of the dismissed officials were among Mohammed's closest advisers, Saud al-Qahtani and the deputy intelligence chief, Maj.

"They told us that he left the consulate", Jubeir said.

As suspicion over his disappearance grew, Saudi authorities offered up a variety of weird explanations, beginning with an assertion that he had left the consulate unharmed.

Britain, Germany and France issued a joint statement condemning the killing of Khashoggi, saying there is an "urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened".

"This is an aberration, this is a mistake, this is a criminal act, and those responsible for it will be punished", Jubeir added.

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