Saudi Arabia swore in Turki Aldakhil as its ambassador to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday under a cloud of controversy. Aldakhil, a former general manager of Al Arabiya television, reportedly heard Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman threaten to use “a bullet” on Jamal Khashoggi.
Aldakhil was sworn in by King Salman along with other new ambassadors, according to state-run SPA news agency. The UAE is Saudi Arabia’s closest regional ally and is fighting with the Saudis in Yemen against Iran-backed rebels.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that Prince Mohammed told Aldakhil that if Khashoggi didn’t return to the kingdom and stop criticizing the government from his perch in the U.S. he would use a bullet on him.
A United Nations investigation into the killing of Khashoggi was officially launched, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.
Speaking to reporters in the southern province of Antalya, Cavusoglu said Turkey considered the findings of the UN-led inquiry into Khashoggi's murder important, but added that an official U.N. investigation was needed at this stage.