Erdogan says Khashoggi murder is 'world issue'

By Meryem Goktas and Jeyhun Aliyev

ANKARA (AA) – The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is not an issue of Turkey but the whole world, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday in Buenos Aires.

Erdogan said Turkey never saw the killing of the journalists as a political issue, adding that the incident is and will remain as "flagrant murder".

He was speaking at a news conference in Argentina's capital where he traveled to attend the G20 Leader's Summit.

Turkish leader stated that Ankara mobilized all efforts since the beginning of the brutal killing of the Washington Post columnist inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October.

Despite repeated denials from the Saudi authorities, the killing was revealed due to Ankara's determined stance, he added.

He underlined that neither Islamic world nor the international community would be satisfied until revealing of all those responsible for murder of the journalist.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist working for The Washington Post, was killed shortly after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

After saying he had left the consulate alive, Saudi Arabia admitted weeks later that he was killed there, blaming his death on a group of rogue Saudi operatives.