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BRITAIN will join a global coalition to strike against Saudi Arabia if horror stories over Jamal Khashoggi's death are true, Jeremy Hunt warns.

The Foreign Secretary said claims that the journalist, who wrote for The Guardian, simply died in a fight "does not amount to a credible explanation".

He stated that "anyone found responsible would "be held fully accountable", adding the UK would "act accordingly" with its allies. He told the Commons: "The Government condemns his killing in the strongest possible terms.

"The thoughts and prayers of the whole House are with his fiancee, his family and his friends, who were left to worry for more than two weeks, only to have their worst fears confirmed."

Prime Minster Theresa May condemned the killing "in the strongest possible terms". Labour stepped up calls for a boycott on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, with Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry saying the PM looked "foolish" for hosting the Crown Prince earlier this year.

But Mr Hunt virtually ruled out an embargo when he said: "We have an important strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia involving defence and security co-operation which has saved lives on the streets of Britain.

"We also have a trading partnership that supports thousands of jobs."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Oct 23, 2018
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