'EU reaction on Khashoggi depends on Saudi steps'

EU foreign policy chief says Saudi authorities' explanations so far 'leave many doubts and many questions unanswered'

'EU reaction on Khashoggi depends on Saudi steps'

The European Union’s reaction to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi will depend on the next steps that will be taken by the Saudi authorities, the EU foreign policy chief said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the EU Parliament, Federica Mogherini said the EU has "asked Saudi Arabia to shed light on the events of Oct. 2 through a full, credible, transparent and prompt investigation".

"We have also asked Saudi Arabia for full collaboration with the Turkish authorities. 

"We hope that everyone will work towards the goal of establishing the facts. This is the starting point," Mogherini said, adding that the investigation must be driven by the search for truth and not by geopolitics.

Mogherini said the confirmation of Khashoggi's death was a first step towards the truth and towards accountability.

"But the explanations offered so far by the Saudi authorities leave many doubts and many questions unanswered.

Recalling the Foreign Affairs Council last week, Mogherini said all 28 Foreign Ministers of the EU member states agreed to demand a credible and transparent investigation. 

"We are working on further steps and statements to be taken together," she added.

Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, had gone missing since entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

After days of denying to know his whereabouts, Saudi Arabia last week claimed Khashoggi died during a fight inside the consulate.

On the day of Khashoggi’s disappearance, 15 other Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while he was still inside, according to Turkish police sources. All of the identified individuals have since left Turkey.