Khashoggi murder ‘a monstrosity’, no arms exports to Saudi Arabia until incident cleared up –Merkel

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                        <strong>The killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Suadi consulate is a "monstrosity," German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated, adding that Berlin will not sell arms to Riyadh while the issue remains unclear.</strong>

Her comment reiterates a statement made on Sunday, in which she said there is an “urgent need for clarification of exacty what happened” to Khashoggi and condemned his killing “in the strongest terms.”

Her comment about Germany refusing to sell arms to Riyadh while the issue remains unclear is significant, as the country approved weapons exports to Saudi Arabia worth €416.4 million this year, reportedly making Riyadh Germany’s second-best arms customer after Algeria.

Earlier on Monday, Germany urged other EU states to follow its example of ending arms exports to Saudi Arabia so long as uncertainty remains over what exactly happened to Khashoggi.