"Part of the influential Turkish press is engaged in fabricating news about the countries of the Persian Gulf and the Arab states, including the UAE. This experience showed us that rumours and false information have never been the result of logical or responsible conclusion, and they are damaging the source itself and cause a loss of confidence," Gargash wrote on Twitter.
The statement comes after the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak reported, citing sources, that a group of four people was allegedly sent to Istanbul to cover up the murder of Khashoggi and had been dispatched by former leader of the Palestinian Fatah movement Mohammed Dahlan. The newspaper describes Dahlan as a 'chief hitman' of UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.
Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, known for his criticism of Saudi policies, went missing on 2 October after entering the Saudi Consulate in the Turkish capital of Istanbul. After initially denying any knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, Riyadh admitted later in October that the journalist had been killed in a fight inside the consulate.