Gulf ally the United Arab Emirates on Saturday hailed Saudi Arabia for its response to the death of critic Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate.

“The United Arab Emirates welcomes the decisions and the directives by King Salman,” regarding the Khashoggi affair, state news agency WAMsaid.

Earlier on Saturday, Riyadh announced the arrest of 18 Saudis and the sacking of two top aides of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as part of its probe into the killing.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman agreed to continue cooperation in the investigation into what happened to Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi in telephone talks, the Turkish presidency said Saturday.

Erdogan and Salman late Friday “emphasised the importance of continuing to work together with complete cooperation”, a Turkish presidential source, who asked not to be named, said.