Speaking to reporters outside Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate Saturday, Turan Kislakci, the head of the Turkish Arab Media Association and a friend of Khashoggi, called on the Saudis to release the critic's body so that his family and supporters could hold funeral services, CNN reported.
However, the coverup does seem to have one USA proponent: Donald Trump, who has eagerly courted the Saudi monarchy throughout his presidency and remains reluctant to impose pressure in response to the scandal, lest it jeopardise arms deals.
Jebreal is a Palestinian-Israeli foreign policy analyst and journalist.
Investigating Turkish officials surmised that Khashoggi was killed during his time in the building, an allegation that Saudi Arabia initially denied. Trump on Saturday denied that any USA officials have heard audio, seen video or read any transcripts from the Turks.
Earlier Friday, Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country has not provided the audio recording of Khashoggi's alleged killing to American officials but promised that Turkey would "share with the world" the results of its investigation, according to Anadolu.
The admission - after persistent claims by the Saudi authorities that Khashoggi had left the consulate alive - came amid the threat of USA sanctions.
This tension has put a particularly bright spotlight on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom Trump sent to Ankara and Riyadh this past week to manage the ballooning controversy.
He added: "To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr Khashogi is an understatement". "You can't unlisten to it, and once you listen to it, you can't say certain things". He noted that while Riyadh's Friday night admission of the journalist's death is the "first step toward the establishment of truth", many questions still remain. Deputy intelligence chief Ahmad Al Assiri and royal court media adviser Saud Al Qahtani, both part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's inner circle, were sacked.
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Observers are questioning whether Saudi Arabia's Western allies will find their account of a "botched rendition" convincing - and whether it will persuade them not to take punitive action against them.
Mr Hunt has previously warned there will be "consequences" for the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia if it was found the journalist was murdered. "So that was the goal of the visit".
He also noted high-ranking Turkish officials have pledged to prevent a "cover-up".
"It is what Donald Trump thinks is moral to get away with", he said. Kushner has in recent days been sidelined from the Khashoggi case, which many in the administration see as beneficial.
Over the past week investigators have been searching for the body of Khashoggi, which sources told MEE was begun to be dismembered before the journalist had died. They tried to convinced Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia.
Commenting on the latest Saudi statement on Saturday, Merkel said "nothing has been explained so far and we need to explain it".
"It's possible", Trump said, that Mohammed didn't know about Khashoggi's death.