Remarks by HRVP Mogherini at the joint press conference on the killing of Khashoggi

Remarks by HRVP Mogherini at the joint press conference on the killing of Khashoggi

Thu, 25.10.2018 - 10:59

Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the joint press point with President of the European Commission Juncker and President of Colombia Duque

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Question: May I ask you about Saudi Arabia: Tomorrow, the European Parliament will vote on the arms embargo. Do you think it is important to have a clear position from the European side, and do you understand the position of the Spanish government on sales of weapons to Riyadh?
 
HRVP Mogherini: I had the opportunity to speak about that exactly in the European Parliament yesterday evening. And I also spoke with the Spanish Foreign Minister [Josep Borrell Fontelles] this morning on the phone, just before Prime Minister [of Spain, Pedro] Sánchez addressed the Spanish parliament on this issue. There is a common European Union position on our relations with Saudi Arabia, and most of all on the need for having a full, transparent investigation on the Khashoggi case. You will find this very clearly spelled out in our joint position with the G7 members; it is important for us to coordinate also with our international partners.
What is clear is that we expect more clarity, more transparency and accountability. And what I said already yesterday in the European Parliament is that European Union will consider a coordinated common reaction, looking at the next steps that will come. The steps that have been taken so far don't shed enough light on the case. We expect accountability, which is not revenge. It's not a scape-goating exercise. We expect full transparency and we are working in this direction with all our international partners.