Here are the latest developments related to the Saudi journalist’s murder inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.
Speaking at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, he said that “some people are trying to seize this painful moment to drive a wedge between Saudi Arabia and Turkey”.
He continued: “I want to send them a message: You will not be able to do that as long as we have a king called Salman bin Abdulaziz and a crown prince called Mohammed bin Salman and a Turkish president named Erdogan.
“The rift will never be created. We will prove to the entire world that the both countries are cooperating to punish all perpetrators and justice will be above everything.”
Al Jazeera’s Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from Ankara, said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with the royal over the phone just before his speech at the conference.
It was the first time the pair had spoken since Khashoggi disappeared on October 2.
“A couple of hours before that, President Erdogan had a phone call with Jordan’s King Abdulla. When you look at this diplomatic phone traffic, you see that there are mediators who are trying to build up [ties] between Turkey and Saudi Arabia,” Koseoglu said.
MBS’ remarks on Wednesday came a day after US President Donald Trump for the first time implied that the crown prince may have had a role in the killing.
Saudi Arabia has come under increasing pressure over the killing, which has also strained ties with other key Western allies.
Khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince, vanished after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
After Riyadh first denied any involvement in his disappearance, it eventually admitted its officials killed the journalist, attributing the death to a chokehold.
Erdogan on Tuesday dismissed Saudi efforts to blame Khashoggi’s death on rogue operatives, calling the operation a planned, “savage killing”, and demanded Riyadh punish those responsible, no matter how highly placed.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States had identified some of the Saudi government and security officials it believed were involved in Khashoggi’s murder and would take appropriate actions including revoking US visas.