Khashoggi murder: Denmark suspends arms exports to Saudi Arabia over journalist’s killing

Decision comes after Donald Trump refused to condemn kingdom or change US-Saudi business relationship 

Funeral prayers held in Istanbul for murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Denmark has decided to suspend approvals of weapon and military equipment exports to Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the situation in Yemen, its foreign minister Anders Samuelsen said.

The decision was taken on Thursday after recent discussions with other foreign ministers in the European Union.

The suspension also includes some dual-use technologies, a reference to materials that might have military applications.

Denmark's decision comes after Donald Trump refused to condemn the kingdom over the murder of Mr Khashoggi.

Mr Trump said the US would not be imposing sanctions on Saudi Arabia or changing its business or strategic relationships.

He said the decision was at least partly taken because of Saudi Arabia's historic opposition to Iran, and repeated Israel’s claim that Iran was “the world’s leading sponsor of terror”.

Hundreds of mourners gathered for a funeral service for Mr Khashoggi at a historical mosque in Istanbul on Friday, praying before an empty slab of marble where his missing body would have lain.

Reuters

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