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UN: Cavusoglu, Guterres discuss Khashoggi murder

Pair also discuss Yemen, Syria, Cyprus in a closed-door meeting

Umar Farooq   | 19.11.2018
UN: Cavusoglu, Guterres discuss Khashoggi murder Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) meets UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (R) in New York, United States on November 19, 2018. ( Fatih Aktaş - Anadolu Agency )

Washington DC

By Betul Yuruk

NEW YORK

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The pair met after Cavusoglu spoke at the 8th Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, which was held at the UN headquarters in New York.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric noted that in addition to discussing Khashoggi's killing, Cavusoglu and Guterres also talked about the wars in Yemen and Syria, as well as Cyprus.

Dujarric added that the UN has not received an official request for an international probe into the Khashoggi case.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

After initially saying he had left the consulate alive, the Saudi administration admitted weeks later he was killed there.

Investigation of the incident suggests a special hit squad came to the consulate, scouted Istanbul’s Belgrad Forest and tried to cover up evidence at the consulate building.

*Umar Farooq in Washington contributed to the story.

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