16 October 2018

South Africa: As Saudi Arabia's Diplomatic Crisis Worsens, SA Remains Silent - Because of the Denel Deal, Critics Claim

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The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation's Facebook statement about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Saudi Arabia may pay a heavy diplomatic and financial price for the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. International criticism of the Saudi government has been steadily amplifying, with threats of sanctions from the US and calls from European nations for a full investigation into Khashoggi's fate.

From South Africa, however, there has been silence - raising questions about whether potential Saudi investment in state arms company Denel could be playing a role.

On 2 October 2018, Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in order to obtain the forms he needed to marry his Turkish fiancée. He has not been seen since.

Khashoggi is now presumed dead, with suspicions growing that his disappearance is linked to the 59-year-old journalist's outspoken criticism of Saudi Arabia as a correspondent for the Washington Post.

"The allegations against [Saudi government seat] Riyadh...

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