Germany wants other European Union member states to follow its example in stopping arms exports to Saudi Arabia as long as uncertainty remains over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Reuters reported Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said today.
Riyadh has given multiple and conflicting accounts on what led to Khashoggi’s death on 2 October at its consulate in Istanbul. Yesterday, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir called the killing a “huge and grave mistake” but sought to shield Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Germany would stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia as long as the uncertainty around Khashoggi’s death persisted.
Altmaier, a close ally of Merkel, said Riyadh’s explanations on the case so far had not been satisfactory.
“The government is in agreement that we will not approve further arms exports for the moment because we want to know what happened,” Altmaier told ZDF broadcaster.