Head of SMRC re­jects ‘politi­cis­ing’ Khashoggi mur­der, calls on Saudis to op­pose con­spir­a­cies

Meet­ing held be­tween Egyp­tian, Saudi jour­nal­ists on strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion

The Daily News Egypt - - News - Makram Mo­hamed Ahmed

Head of the Supreme Me­dia Reg­u­la­tory Coun­cil (SMRC), Makram Mo­hamedAhmed,met with a me­dia del­e­ga­tion of Saudi jour­nal­ists on Tues­day.

The del­e­ga­tion in­cluded the head of the of­fi­cial Saudi Press Agency and 30 Saudi jour­nal­ists.The meet­ing was also at­tended by around 30 Egyp­tian jour­nal­ists and ed­i­tors-in-chief,as well as other prom­i­nent me­dia fig­ures.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Ahmed re­fused politi­cis­ing the mur­der case of Washington Post colum­nist Ja­mal Khashoggi, say­ing he would not ad­dress the is­sue as it was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Saudi pros­e­cu­tion. He called on the Saudi regime to stand against in­ter­na­tional con­spir­a­cies plot­ting against the king­dom.

Ahmed as­serted the ne­ces­sity of co­or­di­na­tion be­tween Egypt and Saudi Ara­bia to serve com­mon in­ter­ests and de­fend the na­tional se­cu­rity of both coun­tries.

He added that both sides agreed on hold­ing an­other meet­ing to ad­dress en­hanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

Khashoggi was mur­dered in­side the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul last month. In the be­gin­ning, Saudi Ara­bia de­nied the killing of Khashoggi and gave var­i­ous nar­ra­tives, but even­tu­ally ad­mit­ted that the mur­der was planned by a team of 15 Saudi of­fi­cials and or­dered by an in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer.

The meet­ing came in par­al­lel with Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man’s visit to Cairo, amid a for­eign tour in­clud­ing the UAE, Bahrain, and Ar­gentina where he will at­tend the G20 sum­mit.

Bin Sal­man’s tour was ex­pected to in­clude Tu­nisia but it was ex­cluded af­terTu­nisian ac­tivists and the coun­try’s press syn­di­cate ob­jected to his visit.

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