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Trudeau speaks with Turkish president about Khashoggi's death

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken with the president of Turkey about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey earlier this month, sparking widespread condemnation against Saudi Arabia.

Officials from both countries confirm Trudeau and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke over the phone on Friday, and the main topic of discussion was Khashoggi’s death.

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Turkish insiders say Erdoğan shared information about the killing with Trudeau, while the Prime Minister’s Office says the leaders talked about the need to continue sharing information about this issue.

Trudeau is actively reviewing export permits to Saudi Arabia in the wake of the killing and considering whether to cancel a $15-billion arms contract with that country.

He has warned, however, the penalties for doing that could amount to billions of dollars.

Trudeau has called Saudi Arabia’s explanations about Khashoggi’s death not credible, and is stressing the need for consequences.