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The President took questions from the pool on the caravan and about recent death of USA -based journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi officials started planning to murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi days before his death in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate, Turkey's president said Tuesday.

An image released on October 23, 2018 by Saudi Arabia's state-run SPA news agency shows Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (right) shaking hands with Salah Khashoggi, the son of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in Riyadh.

Although Saudi Arabia has acknowledged that its operatives killed Khashoggi, it has maintained that the goal was not to kill him but to bring him back to Saudi Arabia, and that the exfiltration turned violent when Khashoggi resisted, leading to a fatal fistfight or strangulation. 'Will they now end arms sales to Saudi Arabia?' he asked.

In an address to his country's parliament, Erdogan gave details about what happened starting the day before Khashoggi visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The conference, nicknamed "Davos in the desert", has been overshadowed by the outcry over the murder of Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, with a string of leading worldwide investors pulling out over the case.

"Pinning such a case on some security and intelligence members will not satisfy us or the worldwide community", he said, per Reuters.

The president insisted he needed all the facts, however, before he would comment on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's assertion on Tuesday that Khashoggi's murder was premeditated.

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Business leaders have been cancelling their scheduled trips to Riyadh amid the ongoing investigation into the death of Khashoggi, a USA resident and prominent critic of the Saudi government.

Turkish officials claim Khashoggi was tortured, killed and dismembered in the consulate by a hit squad which arrived from Riyadh - claims denied by the Saudi government.

Visa records are confidential and Pompeo was not more specific about who the revocations would affect, but the State Department later said 21 "Saudi suspects" would have visas revoked or would be declared ineligible to enter the U.S.

Before Erdogan's announcement, top Turkish officials said Turkey would clarify exactly what happened to Khashoggi as pressure increased on Saudi Arabia, which is hosting a glitzy investment conference this week that many dignitaries have chose to skip because of the scandal. "We are seeking answers", Erdogan said.

"Saudi Arabia has taken an important step by admitting the murder".

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press pool after signing America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, in the Oval Office of the White House. Another team went to the consulate and removed the hard disk from its security camera, he said.

Turkey is pursuing the case, Erdogan said, as both a "representative of humanity's shared conscience and also for its sovereign rights".

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