France, Germany and UK demand truth on Khashoggi death
Saudi Arabia – Joint statement by the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom on Jamal Khashoggi’s death
Paris, 21 October 2018
The violent death of Jamal Khashoggi within the premises of the Saudi Consulate General in Istanbul had been feared for many days but its confirmation still comes as a shock. Nothing can justify this killing and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms. Defending freedom of expression and a free press are key priorities for Germany, the United Kingdom and France. The threatening, attacking or killing of journalists, under any circumstances, is unacceptable and of utmost concern to our three nations.
Our thoughts are today with Mr Khashoggi’s family, his fiancée and his friends – who have worried about him for weeks, and to whom we extend our most heartfelt condolences.
We take note of the Saudi statement which gives their preliminary findings. Yet there remains an urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened on 2 October – beyond the hypotheses that have been raised so far in the Saudi investigation, which need to be backed by facts to be considered credible. We thus stress that more efforts are needed and expected towards establishing the truth in a comprehensive, transparent and credible manner. We will ultimately make our judgement based on the credibility of the further explanation we receive about what happened and our confidence that such a shameful event cannot and will not ever be repeated. We therefore ask for the investigation to be carried out thoroughly until responsibilities are clearly established and that there is proper accountability and due process for any crimes committed.
We will stay in close contact with our Saudi partners in that regard.
The quality and significance of the relationship we have with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also rests with the respect we have for the norms and values to which the Saudi authorities and us are jointly committed under international law./.
Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi – Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (excerpt)
Paris, 12 October 2018
The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul on 2 October is giving rise to serious questions about his fate. France asks that the facts be clearly established and that all those who can contribute to determining the truth cooperate fully. It is this message that we have conveyed to the Saudi authorities. The accusations against them call for transparency on their part and a full, detailed response.
Defending the freedom of the press and freedom of expression as well as the protection of journalists are priorities for France, as nearly 800 journalists have been killed worldwide while exercising their profession or because of that profession over the past 10 years according to RSF, with 90% of the crimes committed against journalists receiving no judicial follow-up./.