Turkish foreign minister says Khashoggi evidence has not been shared with anyone

Turkish foreign minister says Khashoggi evidence has not been shared with anyone
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A Turkish official says audio recordings have not been shared with anyone, dismissing reports that they had passed on evidence in the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to the U.S.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday told reporters that no voice recordings had been given to any "American official." 

Cavusoglu also told reporters Turkish investigators had obtained further evidence and information from their probe into the Khashoggi incident, according to Reuters.


“Turkey has not given a voice recording to Pompeo or any other American official,” Cavusoglu told reporters on a visit to Albania.

“We will share the results that emerge transparently with the whole world. We have not shared any information at all with any country.”

The State Department also denied Thursday that it had seen any evidence or heard an audio recording from inside the consulate. 

Turkish officials told Reuters earlier this week that they have an audio recording indicating Khashoggi, a Saudi-born journalist who was critical of his home country’s royal court, was killed inside the consulate. 

The suspected death of Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and columnist for The Washington Post, has sparked an international firestorm and thrust the relationship between Washington and Riyadh in the spotlight. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE on Thursday said it "certainly looks" like Khashoggi is dead and vowed "severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to be responsible.

He also told The New York Times it is "a little bit early" to be certain about who ordered the killing.

Trump's comments Thursday came hours after Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinGOP senators offering bill to cement business provision in Trump tax law On The Money: Deficit spikes 25 percent through January | Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case | Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law MORE said he would pull out of a high-profile investment summit in Riyadh.

Trump had previously been wary of suggesting Saud Arabia was behind the killing, saying Tuesday that there was a rush to judgment.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo promotes economic ties, takes aim at corruption in Africa visit Russian foreign minister says he sensed 'more constructive' approach after meeting with Pompeo Donald Trump: Unrepentant, on the attack and still playing the victim MORE said Thursday that Saudi Arabia would have “a few more days” to complete its investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance.

Saudi Arabia has denied any involvement in the incident.