Saudi Arabia: Khashoggi’s death a ‘regrettable, painful incident’

King Salman vows to hold those behind journalist’s murder accountable, ‘no matter who they are’

Riyadh: An official source at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday said that King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud had ordered the Public Prosecutor to investigate the circumstances surrounding the “regrettable and painful incident of Jamal Khashoggi’s death”, reported the Saudi Press Agency, SPA.


According to the state agency, King Salman, who is the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, also ordered the formation of a committee to review the case and hold all those involved accountable “no matter who they are” and to deal “decisively and comprehensively with any mistake or failure, particularly concerning any citizens, regardless of any considerations.”

The source added that, “These measures reflect the leadership’s keenness [to ensure] the safety and security of all the citizens of the homeland and its determination not just to hold the direct defaulters and officials accountable, but also to include corrective measures preventing the occurrence of such grave error in the future.”

The source further stated according to SPA that the Saudi government appreciates the “distinguished cooperation accorded by the Republic of Turkey under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with its cooperation and efforts having contributed importantly to the investigation into the killing of the citizen Jamal Khashoggi,” adding that the kingdom “also appreciates the wise stances of the states which preferred to be amenable to waiting [for the] findings of the investigations and avoided unfounded speculation and allegations.”

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