Coun­cil state­ment on the killing of Mah­moud al-Mab­houh

Today, the For­eign Affairs Coun­cil agreed the fol­low­ing state­ment:
“The killing of Mah­moud al-Mab­houh in Dubai on 20 Jan­u­ary rais­es issues which are pro­found­ly dis­turb­ing to the Euro­pean Union.

This was an action which can­not be con­ducive to peace and sta­bil­i­ty in the Mid­dle East. The EU strong­ly con­demns the fact that those involved in this action have used fraud­u­lent EU Mem­ber States’ pass­ports and cred­it cards acquired through the theft of EU cit­i­zens’ iden­ti­ties.

The EU wel­comes the inves­ti­ga­tion by the Dubai author­i­ties and calls on all coun­tries to coop­er­ate with it. The coun­tries con­cerned in the EU are them­selves car­ry­ing out full inves­ti­ga­tions into the fraud­u­lent use of their pass­ports.

The EU is com­mit­ted to ensur­ing that both EU cit­i­zens and coun­tries around the world con­tin­ue to have con­fi­dence in the integri­ty of EU Mem­ber States’ pass­ports. It believes that its pass­ports remain among the most secure in the world ful­ly meet­ing all inter­na­tion­al stan­dards. EU Mem­ber States’ pass­ports include a range of phys­i­cal secu­ri­ty mea­sures to pre­vent forgery and abuse.”

Coun­cil Of The Euro­pean Union