SAUDI JOURNALIST’S KILLING ‘A WAKE-UP CALL’: QATAR

DOHA, Qatar, The murder of Jamal Khashoggi should act as a wake-up call, the Spokesperson for Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lolwah al-Khater said, on Monday. She was speaking at Chatham House, the Royal Institute for International Affairs think-tank, in London.

Qatar has faith in the Turkish probe into the death of Washington Post contributor, Khashoggi, inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, she said. Asked about the state of relations between Doha and Saudi Arabia, in light of Khashoggi’s death, al-Khater said, “I don’t think anything has changed dramatically. We’re just hoping that there is a wake-up call for everyone. And of course, our condolences go to the family and friends of the journalist.”

She was addressing a discussion entitled “Qatar’s foreign policy: balancing new alliances in a contested region.”

Saudi Arabia has led a four-nation blockade against Qatar since Jun, 2017, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and being too close to Iran — charges Qatar vehemently denies.

Asked what she thought Britain and other European countries should do in response, she added, “There was a joint statement that the UK, France and Germany issued and I think this statement, for the time being, summarises all the actions that everyone wants to see.”

The three countries on Sunday said, Saudi Arabia must clarify how Khashoggi died, and its account must be “backed by facts to be considered credible.”

“We would like to see a transparent investigation,” said al-Khater. “We have faith in the legal system in Turkey and I guess everyone is anxiously waiting to hear what is going to be announced tomorrow.”

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, vowed to reveal the “naked truth” about the case today.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK