Britain, France and Germany encourage Saudi-Turkish efforts in Khashoggi case

Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post, vanished more than a week ago in Istanbul, Turkey. (File photo / AFP)
Updated 14 October 2018

Britain, France and Germany encourage Saudi-Turkish efforts in Khashoggi case

LONDON: Britain, France and Germany on Sunday welcomed efforts by Saudi Arabia and Turkey to probe the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi, a Saudi national who had been based in the US, has been missing since Oct. 2, when he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to secure divorce papers.
In a joint statement, Britain’s foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian and Germany’s Heiko Maas said said it encouraged efforts to investigate Khashoggi’s disappearance.
“We encourage joint Saudi-Turkish efforts in that regard, and expect the Saudi Government to provide a complete and detailed response. We have conveyed this message directly to the Saudi authorities,” the statement said.
The statement also also said whoever was responsible for the disappearance of Khashoggi must be held to account.
“There needs to be a credible investigation to establish the truth about what happened, and — if relevant — to identify those bearing responsibility for the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, and ensure that they are held to account,” said the statement.
“Defending freedom of expression and a free press and ensuring the protection of journalists are key priorities for Germany, the United Kingdom and France,” the ministers said in the statement issued by the Foreign Office in London.
“In this spirit, light must be shed on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” it said.
Saudi Arabia warned on Sunday it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed on the Kingdom over Khashoggi’s disappearance.


Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, president of Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid University

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Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, president of Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid University

  • Al-Solamy was promoted in 2009 to be a professor at Tabuk, returning to King Abdul Aziz University in 2010
  • Al-Solamy received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Abdul Aziz University in 1992

Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy has been the president of King Khalid University in Abha since 2016.

He recently honored doctors who had won awards at an event organized by the university’s College of Dentistry.

The ceremony was held in the presence of Dr. Ibrahim Al-Shahrani, the dean of the College of Dentistry, and Dr. Nasser Al-Ahmari, who is president of the Committee of Doctors of Excellence at the college.

The awards were in acknowledgment of the doctors’ achievements based on the evaluation of the college’s scientific research committee and the faculty members who were supervising the research.

Al-Solamy received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Abdul Aziz University in 1992. 

He obtained a differential geometry doctorate in 1998 from a UK institution.

He started his career in 1992 as a teaching assistant in the mathematics department at King Abdul Aziz University, staying in this role until 1994. He was later assigned as an assistant professor in the same department until 2005 before he was promoted to become an associate professor in the same department.

In 2006, Al-Solamy was made a visiting associate professor at Jazan University, and he was an associate professor between 2007 and 2009 at the University of Tabuk.

Al-Solamy was promoted in 2009 to be a professor at Tabuk, returning to King Abdul Aziz University in 2010.