BRUSSELS, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has formally condemned the Dubai killing and the fraudulent use of passports of EU member states in a statement read at a news conference Monday.
The EU welcomes investigations made by Dubai authorities, said Ashton, high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy and vice president of the European Commission.
Ashton said the EU will take physical security measures and is committed to "confidence" of passport holders of its member states.
Eleven fake passports from Britain, Ireland, Germany and France were used by the alleged killers of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a top Islamic Hamas movement militant, on Jan. 20 in Dubai.
There have been claims that Israel's Mossad intelligence agency was behind the assassination, which has provoked expressions of outrage from the EU countries concerned.
The bloc's foreign ministers held bilateral meetings with their Israeli counterpart in which they tried to tackle this issue but no agreement has been achieved.