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By Reuters

ISTANBUL — Turkey has given recordings on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

“We gave the tapes… They have listened to all the conversations in them. They know,” Erdogan said.

NBC News has not verified his claims.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was critical of the Saudi government and its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

Turkish sources have said previously that authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting the murder.

However, a State Department spokesperson previously denied that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heard an audio recording or saw a transcript of the recording after he held emergency meetings in Saudi Arabia and Turkey last month. A senior Turkish official similarly denied the reports.

“Turkey has not given a voice recording to Pompeo or any other American official,” Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

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