French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday dismissed as "demagoguery" the calls by several European countries including Germany to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Macron says halting Saudi arm sales over khashogi would be demagoguery

  French President Emmanuel Macron gestures during a news conference with his Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiska at the Presidential Palace in Bratislava, Slovakia October 26, 2018.

"What's the link between arms sales and Mr Khashoggi's murder?

 I understand the connection with what's happening in Yemen, but there is no link with Mister Khashoggi," Macron told a news conference in Slovakia.

 "That's pure demagoguery to say 'we must stop arms sales'.

 It's got nothing to do with Mr Khashoggi," he added. 

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl told a German newspaper the European Union should halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the killing of Khashoggi, saying it could also help end "the terrible war in Yemen".

 The comments from Austria, the current president of the EU, came after Germany said it would stop approving weapons exports to Saudi Arabia until Khashoggi's death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul is cleared up.

 The European Parliament voted through a resolution on Thursday condemning the “torture and murder” of Khashoggi and calling on EU member states to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia.

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