Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body was dissolved after Istanbul murder: Turkish official

The group made a decision to meet with Salman despite the controversy surrounding him because, according to the statement, "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is among the wealthiest, most powerful, and most important nations in the Middle East, in all of history".

Turkish officials appear to have dismissed a theory that Jamal Khashoggi's body was given to a mystery local collaborator in Istanbul.

Khashoggi, a vocal critic of the Saudi regime, was living in self-imposed exile in the United States since 2017.

Istanbul chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan said after talks with Mr Mojeb that Mr Khashoggi was suffocated as soon as he entered the consulate.

The adviser, Yasin Aktay, said that's why the body of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and USA resident, was cut into pieces.

"We now see that it wasn't just cut up, they got rid of the body by dissolving it", Yasin Aktay told the Hurriyet newspaper, according to the Agence France Presse.

"The whole world has been shocked by this grotesque killing, and it's vital that we don't let the outrage fade away without justice being done", Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK's Director said.

While insisting the United States did not condone Khashoggi's killing, the top USA diplomat said the United States had "deep and long-term strategic relationships" with Saudi Arabia and "we intend to make sure that those relationships remain intact".

The delegation included Michael Little, former head of CBN; the current and former presidents of National Religious Broadcasters, Jerry Johnson and Wayne Pederson; and Larry Ross, founder of A. Larry Ross Communications.

In a column for the Post Friday, Cengiz called her fiance's death "barbaric and ruthless".

Late last month, Prince Mohammed said that "the crime was painful to all Saudis". Claims that Khashoggi had died in a fight followed - and last week, a Saudi prosecutor said the killing was premeditated.

The murder of the royal insider-turned-critic has provoked widespread outrage and fuelled an worldwide debate about arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia.

Trump's reaction to the assassination has been as varying as the Saudi's with him first claiming that could have been perpetrated by "rogue killers" to saying that he needed more evidence and wanted to know all of the facts to hint at the possibility of sanctions and that it was possible that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman order the killing himself. Ankara has repeatedly called for them to be extradited to Turkey for trial.

The American right-wing Christian delegation, which included Mike Evans, founder of the Jerusalem Prayer Team, met with Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi ambassador to the US prince Khalid bin Salman and secretary-general of the Muslim World League Mohammed al-Issa.

But stressing Turkey's "friendly" ties with Saudi Arabia, he added that he did not believe King Salman was involved.

Saudi Arabia has changed its account of what happened to Khashoggi.

One thing has remained constant: his commitment to the U.S. -Saudi relationship - and the billions of dollars in oil and weapons sales it brings.

  • Rogelio Becker