The leader of Britain's opposition Labour party called for London to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Iran Press/EuropeJeremy Corbyn called the purported killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi "an abominable tragedy" in an interview with CNN and denounced UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia and its allies in a war which has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people.

"The issues that have come to light of the death in Istanbul of a Saudi national who was visiting the embassy, call into question the relationship -- the close relationship –- with Saudi Arabia of so many western countries. Our immediate call is for the suspension of all arms supplies to Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Corbyn also criticized British prime minister Theresa May's Conservative government for being too slow to respond to the incident.

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The United Kingdom, France and Germany have called on Saudi and Turkish authorities "to provide a complete and detailed response" to the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi, foreign ministers from the three countries said in a joint statement.

US president Donald Trump addressed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance in an interview on Fox News, saying that if Saudi King Salman or Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman knew about the killing, "that would be bad." 

"Turkey and Saudi Arabia are looking at it very strongly. And it depends whether or not the King or the Crown Prince knew about it, in my opinion. Number one, what happened, but whether or not they knew about it. If they knew about it, that would be bad," Trump said.

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Earlier Monday, Donald Trump suggested that "rogue killers" could be behind Khashoggi's disappearance, after a phone call with Saudi Arabia's King Salman about the case.

But when Saudi Arabia tacitly threatened to retaliate for any negative action associated with the disappearance of Khashoggi, Trump, who had previously threatened to punish Saudi Arabia, changed his mind

CNN announced on October 15, 2018 that the Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey, according to two sources.

One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible.

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Khashoggi was known to journalists as someone who could explain the politics of the House of Saud and its several thousand princes. But with the ascent last year of Bin Salman, who is known for ruthless suppression of any opposition or criticism, Khashoggi became a critic in self-imposed exile.

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Given the evidence and the inability of the Saudi government to provide the necessary evidence that Khashoggi left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, his murder seems to be decisive.

 

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Oct 17, 2018 07:54 Asia/Tehran
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