Danish government to summon Saudi ambassador in wake of Khashoggi killing 

Christian Wenande
October 24th, 2018

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Foreign minister to gauge the situation before acting further

It seems that Samuelsen’s jet won’t be taking any trips to Riyadh in the near future (photo: Anders Samuelsen)

The foreign minister, Anders Samuelsen, has announced his intention to summon the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Denmark to discuss the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi in Turkey. 

Samuelsen said that he expects ambassador Fahad Alruwaily to shed some light on the death of Khashoggi, which apparently took place at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. 

The killing has already prompted the Danish government to cancel an official visit to Saudi Arabia next week that would entail meeting Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman and participating in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh. 

A number of other countries, including the US and France, have done the same. 

READ MORE: Parliamentary committee cancels Saudi visit

Big business at stake
But Samuelsen indicated that Denmark could potentially level further action against Saudi Arabia in the future. However, he would wait to hear Alruwaily’s explanation first. 

After all, Denmark does enjoy a healthy business co-operation with the Saudis. Last year Danish firms exported to the tune of 7.2 billion kroner to the nation. 

In fact, Saudi Arabia ranks 22nd when it comes to Danish export markets, just behind Canada and Turkey. 


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