It would seem to be overtly crude and cynical but it is indeed fact that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul has given Turkey unprecedented leverage over Riyadh.
However, Saudi Arabia has tried to take charge of the narrative by making a formal announcement and listing Khashoggi’s death as a ‘fistfight’ and even distancing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from the crime. But, it was Turkey with its well-timed leaks that created pressure on Saudi Arabia to admit to its crime. Turkey has also been investigating the case since the day Khashoggi was reported missing and has admitted to having audio and video tapes of Khashoggi’s killing.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has now promised to “reveal all” and the "naked truth" of Khashoggi’s killing, saying that he will make a new statement on the case on Tuesday. "I will make my statement about this issue on Tuesday at the party group meeting," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.
"We are looking for justice here and this will be revealed in all its naked truth, not through some ordinary steps but in all its naked truth," Erdogan added.
Erdogan has remained largely silent on the case, although Turkey's pro-government newspapers have released information detailing a 15-member team that purportedly arrived in Istanbul to confront Khashoggi at the consulate.
"Why 15 people came ... why 18 people were detained ... These things have to be told in detail," Erdogan said.
His comments on Sunday are likely to increase speculation that Ankara may be about to reveal some of the results of its investigations into the killing of Khashoggi, which has led Turkish officials from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to the Saudi Consul General’s residence and to the forests on the outskirts of the city.
After Saudi Arabia’s admission, Omer Celik, spokesperson for Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), said Turkey was not "accusing anyone in advance, but we don't accept anything to remain covered [up]".
Meanwhile, Numan Kurtulmus, AK Party's deputy head, promised Turkey "would not abstain from sharing with the world" evidence of Khashoggi's death and will never "allow a cover-up" of what he called an "ugly, frightening, inhumane case".