Germany, Which Has Arms Deal With Saudis, Demands Info On Khashoggi

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during her visit to the Saudi Arabian Chamber of Commerce on May 26, 2010, in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah. Merkel on a four-nation tour of the Gulf region held talks with Sa... German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during her visit to the Saudi Arabian Chamber of Commerce on May 26, 2010, in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah. Merkel on a four-nation tour of the Gulf region held talks with Saudi King Abdullah after calling for Gulf nations to help press Iran over its nuclear drive, the official SPA news agency said. AFP PHOTO/AMER HILABI (Photo credit should read AMER HILABI/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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The German government is condemning the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi and calling on Saudi Arabia to hold those responsible to account.

In a joint statement Saturday, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said they were “greatly saddened” by the confirmation that the Washington Post columnist was killed at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul.

Both said they “condemned the crime in the sharpest possible manner,” adding that they expected “transparency from Saudi Arabia about the circumstances of (Khashoggi’s) death and the background.”

Merkel and Maas said that “those responsible must be held to account.” They said “the information provided about the sequence of events in the consulate in Istanbul isn’t sufficient.”

They also expressed their condolences to Khashoggi’s family and friends, “whose fears have now been sadly proven true.”

Germany has joined other nations in calling for a credible investigation into Khashoggi’s death.

Berlin has long-standing economic ties with Riyadh that include significant arms shipments. According to official figures, the German government has authorized arms exports worth 254 million ($291 million) euros to Saudi Arabia since March.

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