Final Warning: Turkish President demands that Saudi Arabia reveal the location of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body and hand over suspects in his murder


Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a “final warning” to Kurdish armed groups in Syria, claiming that Ankara “will eliminate threat towards Turkey” and will not allow activities that endanger the country’s borders.  

He also demanded that Saudi Arabia reveal the location of Jamal Khashoggi's body and hand over the suspects in his murder. Erdogan said that the top Saudi prosecutor will travel to Turkey on Sunday to meet with the top Istanbul prosecutor, and argued that those responsible for killing him should face trial in Turkey.

"Whatever happened, it comes down to these 18 persons. If you are determined, if you want to remove the suspicion and clear the air, these 18 persons are the bottom line to this," Erdogan said, addressing the provincial heads of his ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara.

If the Saudis can't make the suspects talk, then Turkey will, he said. "The incident took place in Istanbul. So, hand them to us, and let us judge them," he said.

Erdogan described some of the statements made by Saudi authorities as the Khashoggi case unfolded as "very funny" and said their strangeness had increased the Turkish authorities' responsibility to act. "These juvenile statements do not match with the seriousness of government affairs," he said. "It is obvious that (Khashoggi) is killed. But where? Where is the body?"

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