Saudi Arabia rejects 'threats' as diplomatic pressure mounts

Daniel Fowler
October 17, 2018

Turkey says it believes he was killed inside, telling USA officials that it has audio and video recordings from his final moments to prove it. Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied having anything to do with the disappearance. I mean, who knows? "We're going to get to the bottom of it, and there will be severe punishment".

"To help clarify recently issued Saudi statement, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia extends its appreciation to all, including the United States administration, for refraining from jumping to conclusions on the ongoing investigation", the statement said. According to his fiancee, Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul and never came out.

The kingdom has appointed Son as an advisor for its planned $500 billion NEOM high-tech city, and in October a year ago, it said it was considering selling a large stake in Saudi Electricity Co to the Vision Fund.

The statement was issued as worldwide concern grew over the writer who vanished on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul over a week ago.

A White House aide says President Donald Trump is serious when he says there'll be "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia is found to be complicit in the disappearance of US resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia rejected threats of punishment, saying the kingdom would retaliate against any sanctions with "greater action", according to its official state news agency. American lawmakers have threated sanctions against the Saudis, and Germany, France and Britain jointly called today for a "credible investigation" into Mr Khashoggi's disappearance. That would be an unprecedented breach in a decades-old, deep economic and security relationship that is key to Washington's policies in the Middle East.

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Saudi Arabia is the world's top oil exporter, and Kudlow was asked on "Fox News Sunday" whether a Saudi response could affect energy prices.

Prince Khaled al-Faisal, a senior member of Saudi Arabia's ruling family and senior adviser to King Salman, has met with Erdogan to discuss Khashoggi's disappearance, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters without providing details. "So far it's just the rumor, the rumor of a report coming out", he said. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud even thanked Turkish President Erdogan for accepting the former's proposal to form a joint action group. In statements after the call, both praised the creation of a joint Saudi-Turkish probe.

The furor over Khashoggi has dealt a serious setback to Prince Mohammed's aggressive pitch for the kingdom as a destination for foreign investment.

Cengiz said in the article that Khashoggi had been "cheerful" on the morning they traveled together to the consulate, and that the couple had made plans for the rest of their day.

Media companies and some technology executives have pulled out of a major Saudi investment conference dubbed "Davos in the Desert", scheduled for next week in Riyadh, because of growing outrage over the disappearance.

They include the CEO of Uber, a company in which Saudi Arabia has invested billions of dollars; billionaire Richard Branson; JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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