Oct 23, 2018 07:02 Asia/Tehran
  • UN chief calls for probe into Jamal Khashoggi’s death

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Iran PressAmerica: “UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres stressed the need for a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death and full accountability for those responsible,” UN deputy spokesperson, Farhan Haq said on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The UN issued a statement over the weekend, saying that its' chief was “deeply troubled” by Saudi Arabia's confirmation of Khashoggi's death.

The Secretary-General also extended his condolences to Khashoggi’s family and friends.

On 20 October, Saudi Arabia admitted dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi died shortly after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and claimed that he was killed in a “fist-fight”.

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