Merkel: Berlin May Halt Weapon Sales to Riyadh Over Khashoggi’s Death

22 October, 2018, 07:52 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Jamal Khashoggi

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has defended his decision to attend an anti-terror summit in Saudi Arabia, despite global uproar over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"WAN-IFRA calls on the Turkish authorities to urgently provide proof of its claims of Saudi state involvement in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, as well as increased worldwide pressure for a full, verifiable accounting from the Saudi monarchy as to the events leading up to his death", the statement read.

He also said that they did not know where the body was, and insisted the action was not ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, seen as Saudi Arabia's most influential figure.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she backs a freeze on arms exports to Saudi Arabia following the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkish news agency Anadolu Agency reported Sunday that Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, has been given 24-hour police protection.

Several senior members of US President Donald Trump's Republican Party said they believed Prince Mohammed was linked to the killing, and one called for a "collective" Western response if a link is proved.

He said the Saudis did not know how Khashoggi, a Saudi national and US resident, had been killed or where his body was.

He was, however, declared dead by Saudi Arabia after two weeks of denial about any information on his disappearance.

Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish national, waited for Khashoggi outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, where he was to get papers for their planned marriage.

As of now, 18 Saudi suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the incident and two senior Saudi officials fired.

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"The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their authority", he said. "And we are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder", he said.

"He was killed in the consulate".

In an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said that "obviously there's been deception, and there's been lies".

Saudi officials originally said Khashoggi, who entered the diplomatic mission on October 2, had left unharmed, before announcing Friday that he was killed inside the building in what they described as an altercation.

"We thus stress that more efforts are needed and expected towards establishing the truth in a comprehensive, transparent and credible manner", they added. "Yes, I think he did it", Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union".

The report in Yeni Safak citing allegations by Turkish government sources that the Crown Prince personally phoned Khashoggi moments before his murder contradict Saudi claims he had no knowledge of the assassination plot. Eighteen days after Khashoggi disappeared, Saudi Arabia acknowledged early Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, that the 59-year-old writer has died in what it said was a "fistfight" inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

King Salman ordered the dismissal of five officials, including Saud al-Qahtani, a royal court adviser seen as the right-hand man to Prince Mohammed, and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri, Saudi state media reported on Saturday.

Reflecting global scepticism over its account, a senior Saudi government official laid out a new version that contradicts previous explanations.

"Nothing can justify this killing and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms", Germany, Britain and France said in their joint statement. They said the "hypotheses" proposed so far in the Saudi investigation need to be backed by facts to be considered credible.

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