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Germany stops arms exports to Saudi Arabia, urges Europe to follow

22 Octobre 2018

Oded Eran, a senior researcher at the Institute for National Studies at Tel Aviv University, said China would not gain from the row between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

He reiterated Chancellor Angela Merkel's statement from Sunday, saying Berlin "at this stage will not approve further arms exports because we want to know what happened", adding that "all explanations so far have been unsatisfactory".

-Oct. 9: Turkey says it will search the Saudi Consulate as a picture of Khashoggi walking into the diplomatic post surfaces. "We feel their pain", he said. He worked as a columnist for the Post.

-3:28 a.m. October 2: A private plane arrives at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport carrying some members of what Turkish media will refer to as a 15-member Saudi "assassination squad", including a man that officials describe as a forensics and "autopsy expert".

"We are determined to uncover every stone". An hour later, another Saudi official attributed the death to a chokehold, which the senior official reiterated.

The kingdom's announcement Saturday that Khashoggi died in a "fistfight" was met with global skepticism and allegations of a cover-up to absolve the 33-year-old crown prince of direct responsibility.

Saudi Oil Minister Khaled al-Faleh told the TASS news agency that "there is no intention" of repeating the events of 1973.

When his fiance, Hatice Cengiz, was waiting for him to return, Saudi authorities said Khashoggi left the building.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Saudi officials have denied knowing about Khashoggi's murder for several weeks, but recently changed course to say that the journalist was accidentally killed in the consulate after a fight broke out due to an argument.

Speaking late Saturday after a campaign rally in Nevada, he said he will be talking to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman soon.

The Turkish official told CNN that Madani, 57, is of similar age and build to the dead journalist, and that he was brought to Istanbul to serve as a body double.

The crown prince has "now crossed a line and there has to be a punishment and a price paid for that", Corker said.

It added 18 Saudis were arrested in connection with his death and two top aides of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as three other intelligence agents, were fired.

Mr Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has cultivated a personal relationship with Saudi Arabia's de facto leader and urged Mr Trump to act with caution to avoid upsetting the country, a senior administration official told Reuters.

On Monday, a spokesman for Turkey's ruling AK Party, Omer Celik, echoed the sentiment that the footage is evidence of Saudi efforts to hide the killing.

"You don't need a body double for a rendition or an interrogation", the official said.

Also at stake is the the relationship Trump built with Saudi Arabia - a relationship cemented during the first stop of his first foreign trip previous year as president.

The journalist has relatives in Saudi Arabia and his three children who hold USA citizenship. He initially said he believed the Saudi account.

Germany stops arms exports to Saudi Arabia, urges Europe to follow