BERLIN – Germany has officially announced the resumption of its training of Saudi border guards, after it was suspended last year in connection with the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. This was confirmed by the German Interior Ministry on Monday.
Spokesman Stephane Roy Glosenkamp confirmed reports indicating Berlin’s decision to resume the training mission, the Associated Press reported.
“The protection of borders in the Near and Middle East serves Germany’s foreign policy interest and is an important means of effectively combating terrorism,” Roy stated.
He explained that the training focuses on “controls aimed at border protection and quality management, and the detection of forged documents.”
German Foreign Ministry spokesman Rainer Breuil said the training also included lectures on “principles of the rule of law and human rights”.
German officials made statements today after the German magazine Der Spiegel revealed on Saturday that the German authorities are making efforts in secret to restore relations with Saudi Arabia to normal, nearly a year after the killing of Khashoggi.
“The German federal police will send their trainers back to Saudi Arabia after ordering the suspension of this training mission last year,” a magazine report said.
According to the information reported by Der Spiegel, the German police trainers will resume the task of training Saudi border guards, which began in 2009.
The mission was suspended in October last year after Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which Saudi authorities accused of murdering.