We expect that President Erdogan was given the word to "lighten up" on the Crown Prince. The two were working on creating a movement online for young people to push to hold the kingdom accountable, before their conversations were -as they believe - hacked by Saudi officials in August, Abdulaziz told CNN.
The pair were also reported to have discussed Saudi energy supplies to China and mutual investment.
Following the global outcry after Khashoggi's death, all eyes are on the Saudi prince at the G20 summit.
President Donald Trump, who also has been briefed on the CIA's findings, has been equivocal in assigning blame to the crown prince, who works closely with the president's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner on Middle East issues.
Both French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May said they raised the Khashoggi case during private meetings with the crown prince, with Macron overheard on an open microphone telling him, "You never listen to me".
Other US allies made clear the kingdom's financial largesse and willingness to guarantee the flow of oil would go a long way to ensure they would choose realism above principle.
The CIA has said that Prince Mohammed, Saudi Arabia's de facto leader, ordered the murder.
But the prince is not out of the woods yet.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh, Oct. 16, 2018.
"Of course, that might be valid from a legal point of view", Erdogan said.
He added that the murder had been a test for the whole world, but insisted he did not want to damage the Saudi royal family.
The US Senate nonetheless moved this week to end support for the Saudi-led war against rebels in Yemen amid outrage over attacks on civilian sites including a school bus and hospitals.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that Saudi Arabia extradite the suspects in writer Jamal Khashoggi's murder.
Khashoggi's killing has put mounting pressure on Riyadh and Prince Mohammed, who Turkish officials - and reportedly the Central Intelligence Agency - have concluded was behind the critic's death.
Khashoggi's killing has put mounting pressure on Riyadh and MBS, who Turkish officials - and reportedly the Central Intelligence Agency - have concluded was behind Khashoggi's death.
In his first column for the newspaper, Khashoggi said he feared being arrested in an apparent crackdown on dissent overseen by the prince since.
This article was published at South China Morning Post and reprinted with permission.