Angela Merkel to halt Saudi arms sales after Jamal Khashoggi's death

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The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia has expressed his condolences to the family and relatives of Jamal Khashoggi, according to a report carried by Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The king offered his condolences in a telephone call made by him to Mr Jamal Khashoggi's son, Mr Salah Jamal Khashoggi.

During an interview with Fox News, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said: "These things do happen".

Jubeir claimed the people responsible for Khashoggi's death had "tried to cover up for it". "This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had", Jubeir said on the US broadcaster Fox.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the suspension of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia on the grounds that they can not be done under the "current circumstances", in reference to the Khashoggi case.

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Erdogan said earlier on Sunday that he will make a statement and address the issues "in detail" on the Khashoggi case on Tuesday during his party's group meeting at Parliament.

Saudi authorities announced that Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, died in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after a fistfight with officials there.

But even if the Saudis keep Trump on their side, they could face a reckoning from the US Congress, where Republicans and Democrats alike have expressed outrage over the killing.

Jubeir was the first senior Saudi official to speak on the record on the matter after Saudi Arabia admitted on Saturday that Khashoggi was dead.

The joint statement stressed that the Saudis' explanation must be backed by facts.

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"I think you're going to see the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany working collectively with others if he did this to respond in an appropriate way". He initially said he believed the Saudi account.

"Corker tells CNN's "State of the Union" that the crown prince has "now crossed a line and there has to be a punishment and a price paid for that".

The kingdom confirmed Saturday that he was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he'd gone to obtain a document he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee. "They came back to Saudi Arabia; they filed a report to that effect".

Corker said he was waiting for investigations to be completed and hoped that Turkey would share any audio tapes of the killing of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

He described the 33-year-old prince, widely known as MBS, as a "strong person; he has very good control".

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President Donald Trump says he needs to learn more about the killing of a Saudi journalist and will be working with Congress on the USA response.

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