Angela Merkel puts on hold arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Saul Bowman
October 23, 2018

We don't know in terms of details how, ' he said.

"There remains an urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened. beyond the hypotheses that have been raised so far in the Saudi investigation, which need to be backed by facts to be considered credible".

Eighteen Saudi nationals had been arrested, the Saudi public prosecutor said in a statement.

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin called in a statement for the expulsion of the Saudi ambassador from the United States - Prince Khalid bin Salman, the crown prince's younger brother - pending completion of a "third-party investigation into the kidnap and murder of Jamal Khashoggi".

Trump later said he was unsatisfied with Saudi Arabia's response, although he warned against scrapping a multibillion-dollar arms deal with the conservative kingdom.

The prince has denied involvement with the disappearance of Khashoggi, a critic of the government who wrote columns for the Washington Post and lived in the United States.

Trump chose Saudi Arabia as his first overseas destination as president, and his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has developed close ties with Prince Mohammed, apparently seeing him as an ally in advancing his yet-to-be-released peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians. "The information available about events in the Istanbul consulate is inadequate".

"The emerging circumstances of Jamal Khashoggi's death are deeply troubling, including the shocking violation of the 1963 Vienna convention on consular relations", Mogherini said.


But there was a clamour for more answers and to bring those behind the killing to justice.

Asked during an interview on BBC TV if he believed the explanation, Raab said: "No, I don't think it is credible".

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News that the Saudis want to hold to account those responsible in the case regarding the late Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia finally admitted Friday that its agents killed Khashoggi after he entered the consulate on October 2, but is denying that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or King Salman were involved.

The Republican senator points the finger at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the "brutal" killing of the Washington Post columnist and weighs in on the upcoming midterm elections. "These things have to be told in detail", he said, referring to Riyadh's announcement on Saturday that 18 people had been arrested in connection with the incident. "The Administration needs to push for a thorough and transparent investigation into Mr. Khashoggi's death without delay".

"All the 15 team members are among those detained", the official said. "If this crime was really carried out as has been said, if the evidence really leads to that conclusion, the situation will be dire and this must have very serious legal consequences", he added.

"I would respectfully urge members of Congress to wait until they have the facts and then judge the results of the facts and take positions then", he said. "I think his behavior is way outside civilized norms and I will never go back as long as he's there".

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