BERLIN (Xinhua) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel, condemning the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi consulate in Istanbul, has called for further investigation, while German foreign minister asked for a suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
“We expect transparency from Saudi Arabia in light of the circumstances of the death and the background,” said a statement issued by Ms Merkel and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
The statement said that those responsible must be held accountable, and the information given at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul is insufficient.
Under massive pressure, Saudi Arabia admitted on Saturday that preliminary investigations by the Saudi Public Prosecution showed Mr Khashoggi died after a fight at the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
In an interview with the German public broadcast ARD on Saturday night, Mr Maas said that German arms exports to Saudi Arabia should not be approved for the time being due to Mr Kashoggi’s violent death.
Saudi Arabia is the second largest customer of German weapons behind Algeria.