Khashoggi: Merkel asks King Salman for an inquiry

Khashoggi: Merkel asks King Salman for an inquiry

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel has condemned in the strongest terms the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a telephone conversation with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and promised to take action in response, the Chancellery said.

The German chancellor told the king that the exact sequence of events should be “clarified”, said the Chancery in a statement issued after Thursday’s phone call between the two leaders.

“The Chancellor asked Saudi Arabia to conduct a quick, transparent and credible investigation, and stressed that all officials must be held accountable,” the statement said.

Jamal Khashoggi, who lived in exile in the United States and wrote for the Washington Post, disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

The Saudi authorities initially denied having anything to do with his disappearance, before modifying this story to indicate that an internal investigation suggested that Khashoggi had been killed by accident during a botched operation aimed at sending him back. in the kingdom.

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