It looked the most awkward of encounters for Jamal Khashoggi’s family, condolences today from the Saudi king and Crown Prince.
Three weeks since the journalists murder, his son Salah came face to face with Prince Mohammed bin Salman who’s under intense focus over his suspected links to the operation behind Khashoggi’s killing.
Salah has been banned from leaving Saudi Arabia since last year because of his father’s criticism of the kingdom’s government.
Turkey’s president Erdogan told his ruling party that Khashoggi’s murder was planned days in advance.
He called it savage and says he wants the suspects tried in Istanbul.
Erdogan knew the journalist well and he revealed more details about what the Turkish authorities know.
On the day before the murder, a team of three people arrived from Riyadh.
They scouted a forest near Istanbul, potentially as a location to dispose of Khashoggi’s body.
They were joined by two more teams the next day, who arrived on private jets just hours before Jamal Khashoggi’s visit to the consulate.
And there are still questions over the whereabouts of the journalists body, particularly as his clothes were used by a body double brought into Istanbul that day by the Saudis.
This is the face Saudi Arabia wants to show the world, a major investment conference’s getting underway in Riyadh.
But the international pressure over Khashoggi’s murder overshadows all.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was here but the attention the kingdom is receiving is for all the wrong reasons as the Energy Minister admitted.
We are going through a crisis of sort resulting from the very regrettable and abhorrent incident that took place in Turkey.
Nobody in the kingdom can justify it or explain it.
The investigation into the journalist’s murder continues with another car searched by teams.
As the diplomatic fallout from what happened inside the Saudi consulate is felt far and wide.
Well, overnight the CIA’s director flew into Ankara, a sign of just how seriously the Americans are taking all of this.
President Erdogan knows a lot more than what he said in his speech.
Today he is holding all of the cards here and he will decide how and when he plays them and the Saudis know it.