Egypt values Saudi's 'decisive, brave' actions in investigation into Khashoggi death case: Foreign ministry

Marina Barsoum , Saturday 20 Oct 2018

File Photo: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo
File Photo: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo

Egypt said on Saturday that it values the results of the preliminary investigations released by Saudi Arabia’s prosecutor- general in the case of of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry read.

The statement stressed that “this step is proof of the kingdom’s desire and commitment to discover the truth of this incident and to take the necessary legal action against all involved parties.”

Saudi’s recent decisions “confirm the Kingdom's commitment to follow the course of a transparent investigation within the jurisdictions of the law to ensure full disclosure of the truth,” the statement continued.

“Egypt believes that the decisive and brave actions taken by his Majesty, Custodian of the Two Holy Sites, in this regard are in line with his established approach to respect the principles of law and the implementation of effective justice,” concluded the statement.

Meanwhile, Egypt extended its sincere condolences to the family of the journalist Gamal Khashoggi, while stressing its confidence that the judicial proceedings undertaken by the Saudi government will determine based on conclusive evidence the truth of what happened and preempt any any attempt to politicize the case in order to target the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

Saudi Arabia confirmed on Saturday that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi had died, and said it fired two senior officials over the incident that has provoked an international outcry and strained relations between Riyadh and the West.

A statement from the Saudi public prosecutor said its investigations show that a fight broke out between Khashoggi and people who met him in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and led to his death.

The Kingdom has fired two senior officials and arrested 18 Saudi nationals in connection to the death of Khashoggi in early October.

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