Murder of Jamal Khashoggi: European Union refuses to speed up collective measures

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 13:57
Federica Mogherini yesterday emphasized the need to seek justice in the case of Jamal Khashoggi. Federica Mogherini yesterday emphasized the need to seek justice in the case of Jamal Khashoggi. © Belga
The EU Head of European Diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, has not responded to the pressing requirements of numerous MEPs who were, on Tuesday in Strasbourg, demanding a European reaction.
In their view, after the murder of the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, such a reaction might have included suspending arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

She voiced her belief in a plenary session of the European Parliament, “The reactions from Saudi Arabia leave too many grey areas.”

Saudi Arabia admitted on Saturday, 17 days after the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, that he was killed within the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The country did not however reveal the location of his body.”

Mogherini hammered home, “It is not about scapegoating, we want justice (and) continue to work for freedom of expression in Saudi Arabia, the entire Gulf region and everywhere in the world.”

The Head of European Diplomacy again demanded “a swift, clear and transparent investigation” by the Saudi authorities “so that justice is done.”

Mrs Mogherini says that she wants to wait and see what the Saudi authorities will do in the coming days, before contemplating collective measures.

Oscar Schneider
The Brussels Times
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