According to Turkish official sources, a Saudi forensic expert equipped with a bone saw dismembered Khashoggi’s body after he was killed in the Istanbul consulate in October 2018. MBS denied involvement in the murder, which captured international headlines with lurid details of the killing.
Erdogan spoke out strongly against the murder, launching a probe into the killing, and diplomatic relations between the two countries broke down.
But a plummeting Turkish lira and inflation of more than
70% appear to have forced the Turkish President to change tack
. Por meses, Ankara has made overtures to Riyadh — as well as Saudi’s closest Gulf ally
, Abu Dhabi — to mend relations
, including ending Khashoggi’s murder trial in April and transferring the case to Riyadh.
Rights groups have condemned the move, arguing it would kill off the case. Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, an outspoken advocate for justice for the slain Saudi critic, said her legal team would appeal the decision.
“The fact that he came to our country does not change the fact that he is responsible for murder,” Cengiz tweeted on Wednesday, referring to MBS’ visita.
During his US presidential campaign, Joe Biden vowed to turn MBS into a “pariah” over his rights record. As President, Biden has declined to communicate directly with the powerful prince, opting instead to speak to his official counterpart — the ailing King Salman.
But soaring fuel prices en semanas recientes sparked a U-turn in Biden’s Saudi policy. Tense diplomatic relations drastically reduced US leverage in pushing Riyadh to pump more oil, until Biden ramped up diplomatic efforts and scheduled a first official visit to the kingdom, which is expected to happen in July. He is expected to meet MBS during the visit.