December 1, 2018 / 8:23 PM / 9 days ago

Turkey's Erdogan says Khashoggi killing a 'test' for the world

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan holds a news conference on the final day of the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Andres Stapff

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday at the G20 summit of industrialized nations that while Turkey did not want to damage the Saudi royal family, the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been a test for the whole world.

Speaking to reporters in Buenos Aires, Erdogan said that solving the Khashoggi killing would also be in the interest of the Saudi royal family.

“We have never seen this as a political issue.” Erdogan said. “We want to make sure that the murder is revealed in all aspects and that the perpetrators are tried.”

Erdogan also said that Khashoggi’s murder was not officially discussed at the summit, and that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the only leader to bring up the issue.

Reporting by Maximilian Heath; Writing by Scott Squires; Editing by Will Dunham

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