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Turkish FM urges UN to set commission on Khashoggi case

The UN should set up a commission or initiate investigation on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was killed in Istanbul last fall, the foreign minister said Friday.

Speaking to reporters in the Mediterranean province of Antalya, Mevlut Cavusoglu said: "The findings of [the UN special] rapporteur in Turkey are matching our findings and this is important."

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur, said Thursday that the killing of Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul was "planned and perpetrated by Saudi officials".

Callamard recently visited Turkey with a team of experts on an international inquiry into Khashoggi’s murder.

Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post, was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

After producing various contradictory explanations, Riyadh acknowledged he was killed inside the consulate building, blaming the act on a botched rendition operation.

Turkey has sought the extradition of the Saudi citizens involved in the killing as well as a fuller accounting of the killing from Riyadh.