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Denmark summons Saudi Ambassador over Khashoggi

Danish MPs Cancel Saudi Trip as Ambassador Summoned Over Khashoggi's Death

Oct 24


While "sending a clear signal" of condemnation, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen refused to elaborate on further action against the Saudis, saying it was far too early to draw conclusions about the death of Jamal Khashoggi, which Riyadh promised to investigate. By contrast, other politicians are calling for trade restrictions.

Denmark has called off an official visit to Saudi Arabia, which would involve a meeting with Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that neither the ministry itself nor the Danish embassy in Saudi Arabia would participate in the Future Investment conference in Riyadh this week.

"It would be a completely wrong signal by the Danish parliament at a time when a number of other countries are canceling and boycotting events in Saudi Arabia," Holger Nielsen of the Socialist People's Party, a member of the parliament's foreign committee, told reporters.

"If we were to visit Saudi Arabia now, it would send a very wrong signal, when the entire Western world is condemning what has happened," Knuth said, explaining his standpoint.

Marcus Knuth, a member of the center-right Venstre party, concurred with his fellow committee member, saying that the situation in the Saudi Arabia "spoke for itself" and stressing the contradictory explanations surrounding Jamal Khashoggi's death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Furthermore, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen is summoning the Saudi ambassador for an explanation. By his own admission, he decided to call the meeting after Khashoggi was confirmed killed during his visit to the Saudi consulate on October 2, after weeks of denials from Riyadh.