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Saudi Arabia's explanations given of the circumstances of  the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi were inadequate, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement, Reuters reported.

“We condemn this act in the strongest terms. We expect transparency from Saudi Arabia about the circumstances of his death ... The information available about events in the Istanbul consulate is inadequate,” the statement reads.

On October 2, The Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi had entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to validate documents, but had gone missing. Ankara had argued that he was killed there for writing articles that criticize Riyadh. Saudi Arabia, however, had denied these accusations claiming that the journalist had disappeared after leaving the consulate.

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