After phoning Erdoğan today, bin Salman called the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi a “heinous crime”. Speaking publicly for the first time since Khashoggi’s killing, he insisted the kingdom was cooperating with Turkish authorities and “justice will prevail”.
After presumably committing to deliver the 18 accused of the Khashoggi murder to Turkey to face justice, he committed in public to ‘restructure the entire security administration of the kingdom’ to meet the required standards of modernisation that he says he is expecting of all other government departments under the 2030 Vision.
While he didn’t bring up the name of his (ex-) mentor Mohamed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi explicitly, he nevertheless declared that no-one in future will divide between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, so long as Salman is King of Saudi Arabia, he is Crown Prince, and Erdoğan is President of Turkey. Bin Salman also found something nice to say about Qatar.