France wants whole truth on Khashoggi killing – finance minister

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Saudi Arabia’s admission
that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at its Istanbul consulate was
welcome “progress”, but urged the kingdom to follow through with a full
and transparent investigation.

“I note that the Saudi authorities have changed tack, admitted the facts
and accepted some responsibility, so we’re making progress,” Le Maire
said on France 3 television on Sunday. “But full light needs to be

How bilateral relations develop from here will “depend on the way the
truth is aired, the investigation conducted and the results
established,” Le Maire said.

“If they continue in this direction by establishing the truth with a
full investigation, I believe we can maintain our strong strategic
relationship with Saudi Arabia,” he added.

“If that doesn’t happen, nobody will understand – neither France nor the
European Union nor the United States. Saudi Arabia is a strategic
partner, but we can’t have a trusting relationship that isn’t grounded
in truth.”

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