Yesterday, Saudi Arabia admitted that Jamal Khashoggi, the missing journalist, was killed at its Istanbul consulate. However, the Saudi Arabian government claims that he died in a fight.
The admission comes after two weeks of denials from Saudi Arabia that it was involved in the disappearance of the dissident journalist, despite CCTV footage revealing that Khashoggi entered the embassy and claims from authorities in Turkey that they hold the evidence of his murder.
A spokesperson from the Foreign Office stated: “We send our condolences to Jamal Khashoggi’s family after this confirmation of his death. We are considering the Saudi report and our next steps. As the Foreign Secretary has said, this was a terrible act and those responsible must be held to account.”
Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, has made a close alliance with Saudi Arabia, a key tenet of his foreign policy. He said that the admission was a “great first step.”
He stated: “I think it’s a good first step, it’s a big step. It’s a lot of people, a lot of people involved, and I think it’s a great first step.”
He continued: “Saudi Arabia has been a great ally. What happened is unacceptable.”
Lindsey Graham, a Republican Senator who has been critical of Saudi Arabia because of the incident, expressed his scepticism regarding the matter on Twitter.
She tweeted: “To say that I am sceptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr Khashoggi is an understatement.”
In a statement that was released today, the Saudi public prosecutor said that a fight broke out between Khashoggi and the people who met him in the consulate, which led to his death.
The statement disclosed: “The investigations are still underway and 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested.”
Khashoggi is a resident of the United States and a columnist of the Washington Post. He disappeared after going to the Istanbul Saudi Arabian consulate on the 2nd of October.
He had been a prominent critic of Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and the de facto ruler of the country.
Turkish authorities have said that they believe that he was murdered inside the embassy. They also said that they have reportedly obtained an audio recording of his death.