EU says bloc backs US demand on Saudi journalist

ISTANBUL (AP) — The European Union is adding its weight to international demands for official clarifications about what happened to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc stands side-by-side with the United States in urging authorities to clear up the journalist’s disappearance in Turkey a week ago.

Mogherini was asked on Tuesday by The Associated Press about Khashoggi.

She says: “On this, let me subscribe 100 percent (to) what (U.S.) secretary (of state Mike) Pompeo said just a few hours ago. We are fully aligned with the United States on this, with the U.S. position on this.”

Mogherini added: “We expect a thorough investigation and full transparency from the Saudi authorities on what has happened.”