Australia Withdraws from Saudi Summit over Journalist’s Death

(Source: Internet)

PM Scott Morrison has condemned the death of the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a day after the Australian government announced it was no longer “appropriate” to attend the Saudi Summit in Riyadh.

Mr Khashoggi who worked for the Washington Post, had long been a critic of the Saudi government and said, “what the Arab world needs most is free expression.”

On 3 October, Mr Khashoggi was reported missing after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey and Turkish officials suggested that Mr Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by a Saudi hit squad. It also appeared that four calls have been made to Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s office by his entourage.

However, Saudi Arabia claimed that Mr Khashoggi died from a “fist-fight” with Saudi officials and have arrested 18 people ever since.