Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez calls on Saudi Arabia to clarify details of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death

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CLARITY CALL: Sanchez said the Saudis should confirm what they know about the death of Khashoggi (inset) CREDIT: Shutterstock (both)

SPAIN’S Prime Minister has called on Saudi Arabia to clarify details surrounding the alleged murder of a journalist which several governments and agencies have accused Riyadh of orchestrating.

Pedro Sanchez said Saudi Arabia had to clarify what happened in connection with the death of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen living in the United States (US) before his death, was critical of the regime in Riyadh.

Sanchez previously said the killing of Khashoggi was “terrible”. Spain and Saudi Arabia would continue to maintain close relations and Madrid is set to continue shipping arms to the country, Sanchez added.

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“What we have said, both within the European Union (EU), as well as bilaterally to Saudi Arabia, is that we have to clarify what has happened,” Sanchez said while attending the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.

“What’s more, it would help a lot if this investigation could count on international protection to guarantee its credibility,” the Prime Minister added.

Investigators at the United States’ (US) CIA and other agencies across the world have said their evidence suggests Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s killing.

Officials in Riyadh have denied the Crown Prince, who is the de facto leader of the country, or anyone else connected with the regime had any involvement. All investigations remain open.

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