But on Wednesday he said Canadians expect there to be "consequences" for the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed earlier this month after entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
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EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said: "European Union, like its partners, insists on the need for continued thorough, credible and transparent investigation, shedding proper clarity on the circumstances of the killing and ensuring full accountability of all those responsible for it".
In a separate interview with the Wall Street Journal published late on Tuesday, Mr Trump addressed the possible involvement of senior Saudi royals in the killing and said he did not believe King Salman had prior knowledge of the crime.
Bahout said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could pressure Saudi Arabia to fix ties with Turkish ally Qatar, which is under an embargo from Gulf Arab states, or to ease pressure on the Muslim Brotherhood, which the kingdom has seen as a threat for its role in Arab Spring protests.
They discussed "joint efforts" to investigate the case, Turkey's state-run news agency reported, and the official Saudi Press Agency carried a similar statement. The 33-year old ruler has led a crackdown on dissent since he came to power last year.
The ex-Labour prime minister resisted calls to end relations with the desert kingdom despite critics saying he will be "complicit in war crimes and murder" if he doesn't terminate the deal.
In the United Kingdom, a Downing Street spokesperson said Erdoğan's statement showed "there are many questions which only the Saudis have the answers to".
Speaking at an investment conference in Riyadh on Wednesday, bin Salman described Khashoggi's killing as "a heinous crime that can not be justified".
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An adviser to Turkey's president said Prince Mohammed had "blood on his hands" over Khashoggi, the bluntest language yet from someone linked to Erdogan.
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey during a bill-signing ceremony at the White House in Washington, Oct. 23, 2018.
"It's important those involved in this atrocity are brought to justice".
The kingdom is trying to distance Prince Mohammed bin Salman from Khashoggi's October 2 slaying at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
It has arrested 18 Saudis and fired five top officials, some of whom worked directly under the crown prince.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the State Department would revoke visas for 21 Saudis the US had identified as being part of the operation at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
After decades of Saudi Arabia buying United States weapons and enjoying Washington's protection, Grappo doubted that Saudi Arabia could easily switch to another supplier such as Russian Federation or China.
Scottish National Party leader in Westminster Ian Blackford also called on May to take action against Saudi Arabia. "We're just hurting ourselves", Trump said. Then they said he died in a fistfight in the consulate.