Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has described the journalist’s murder as a “heinous crime that cannot be justified”.
Speaking in Riyadh at the Future Investment Initiative conference, the prince said all culprits would be punished, and that “justice would prevail”.
Bin Salman announced a restructuring of the kingdom’s national security agencies and said Saudi Arabia and Turkey would work together “to reach results”.
“The incident that happened is very painful, for all Saudis … The incident is not justifiable,” he said. “They will not be able to divide us as long as there is a king called King Salman bin Abdulaziz and a crown prince named Mohammed bin Salman, and a president in Turkey named Erdoğan.”
The remarks were made to a full auditorium of onlookers and guests who listened silently as Bin Salman responded to a question from a moderator.
“I want to send them a message: They will not be able to do that [i.e., harm Saudi-Turkish relations] as long as there is a king called King Salman bin Abdulaziz and a crown prince called Mohamed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia and a president in Turkey named [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan,” the crown prince declared.