Date :Monday, October 22nd, 2018 | Time : 12:57 |ID: 74986 | Print

“Imagine if Iran had, brutally killed khashoggi”

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SHAFAQNA- Passing 20 days since disappearance of the Saudi-born journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, different aspects of this shocking murder has been revealed day by day. The reactions to this event were so varied globally among politicians, media and governments.  

Saudi Arabia’s allies in the Middle East reaction

Saudi Arabia’s allies in the Middle East rallied behind the kingdom over its response to the ongoing investigation into the killing of Saudi writer and critic Khashoggi.

“Egypt sees that the brave and decisive decisions and actions taken by the Saudi King over this matter align with his majesty’s approach that respects the principles of law and applications of effective justice,” the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry offered its condolences to Khashoggi’s family and said it was confident the ongoing probe into his death would reveal the truth.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) also voiced support for Saudi’s King Salman and commended his “directives and decisions … on the issue of Kashoggi”, UAE’s state-run WAM news agency reported.

Bahrain, meanwhile, said in an official statement that Saudi Arabia “will remain a state of justice, value and principles”, the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV network reported.

Western reaction

While Middle Eastern allies closed ranks around the kingdom after the Saudi statement, Western reaction varied with U.S. President Donald Trump saying Riyadh’s explanation was credible and Germany strongly condemning it as “inadequate”.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned Khashoggi’s killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and said explanations given so far of the circumstances surrounding his death were inadequate.

“We condemn this act in the strongest terms,” she and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a joint statement.

“We expect transparency from Saudi Arabia about the circumstances of his death […] The information available about events in the Istanbul consulate is inadequate.”

Britain’s Foreign Office said it was considering its “next steps” following Saudi Arabia’s admission over Khashoggi’s killing and reiterated that those responsible must be held to account.

Spain’s government said it was “dismayed” by information from Riyadh about Khashoggi’s death, and echoed a call from the UN for a thorough and transparent investigation to bring to justice those responsible for the killing.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said he was unconvinced by Saudi Arabia’s account of Khashoggi’s death.

European leaders have demanded further examination of Khashoggi’s killing after Saudi Arabia’s confession on Saturday that the 59-year-old writer and critic died during a “fist-fight” in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.

The UN chief called for a “prompt, thorough, transparent” probe into the circumstances of the killing and urged full accountability for those who were involved.

Iran’s government had no reaction

Iran’s government had no reaction to the Saudi statement. But some analysts claimed that as Washington prepares to impose new sanctions on Iranian oil next month, the fallout from Jamal Khashoggi’s murder is the latest political misstep from Saudi Arabia that will geopolitically benefit Iran.

A linchpin of America’s foreign policy in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is a crucial component of President Donald Trump’s plan to isolate Iran. The White House needs Riyadh to stabilize the energy market when U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil production take place in November. But if the U.S.-Saudi relationship turns sour over accusations that Riyadh killed Khashoggi, Trump’s strategy may not go as planned — and that could lead to economic and political gains for Tehran.

“Imagine if Iran had, brutally killed khashoggi”

Mehdi Hassan Al Jazeera TV host tweeted That “Imagine, just imagine, if Iran had, brutally killed khashoggi in their consulate, denied it for two weeks and then owned up to it in this ludicrous fashion. Just imagine what the US sanders insta-statement would look like and then read this…”

It is ridiculous on its face

Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu tweeted early on Saturday morning that “The Saudi Arabia story that Khashoggi would get into a fist fight with up to 18 Saudis, many of whom are trained killers, is ridiculous on its face.”

 

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