After accepting that US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi died inside its consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Saudi Arabia has now said that his killing was "a tremendous mistake" and a rogue operation.
Turkey's Anadolu agency said early on Monday that Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump had spoken on the telephone and agreed that "all aspects" of the case needed to be cleared up.
Erdogan said he would explain the episode "in a very different way" when his ruling party meets, adding to the already intense global pressure Saudi leadership has faced to provide a full picture of how Khashoggi was killed.
Erdogan spoke after Saudi Arabia, in a statement early Saturday, finally acknowledged that 59-year-old Khashoggi had died in the consulate, though its explanation that he was killed in a "fistfight" was met with global skepticism and allegations of a cover-up created to absolve Prince Mohammed of direct responsibility.
Erdogan and Trump also discussed bilateral relations, the presidential press office said in a statement.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the suspension of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia on the grounds that they can not be done under the "current circumstances", in reference to the Khashoggi case.
The report in Yeni Safak citing allegations by Turkish government sources that the Crown Prince personally phoned Khashoggi moments before his murder contradict Saudi claims he had no knowledge of the assassination plot.
"Obviously there's been deception and there's been lies", Mr Trump said on the shifting accounts offered by Riyadh.
The announcement comes more than two weeks after Khashoggi entered the consulate and was never seen again.
"In a statement Sunday, the governments said attacks on journalists are unacceptable and "of utmost concern to our three nations".
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"There remains an urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened. beyond the hypotheses that have been raised so far in the Saudi investigation, which need to be backed by facts to be considered credible".
While 18 others are said to be under investigation, singling out Asiri as a scapegoat clearly is meant to protect Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Turkish pro-government media say a hit squad traveled from Saudi Arabia to kill Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after he entered the building on October 2.
This came after Saudi Arabia kidnapped Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. "I don't think we need the Saudis".
Speaking late Saturday after a campaign rally in Nevada, he said he will be talking to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman soon. "This is not an explanation; it is a cover-up", Mr. Ryan said.
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He said the Saudis did not know how Khashoggi, a Saudi national and USA resident, had been killed or where his body was.