Jamal Khashoggi case: Saudis defy 'threats' over missing writer


Turkish authorities say a team of Saudis killed Khashoggi, and USA intelligence intercepts show Saudi officials discussing an operation to lure Khashoggi - a Saudi citizen who had been living in the United States - back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and detain him. "The Saudi economy has vital and influential roles for the global economy".

Khashoggi, a USA resident and Washington Post columnist critical of Saudi Arabia, disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Citing anonymous sources, the Washington Post reported Friday that Turkey's government has told U.S. officials it has audio and video proof that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered.

Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 regarding documents for his planned marriage, but Turkish officials and his fiancee, who was waiting outside, said he never came out.

The threat caused the stock market of the world's biggest oil exporter to lose as much as $33 billion of its value on Sunday in one of the first signs of the economic pain that Riyadh could suffer over the affair.

Trump told reporters on Saturday at the White House that the USA would be "punishing itself" if it halted Saudi military sales, Reuters reported.

The Saudis have strongly denied any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance. I had planned a party. we would have been married now. "The Saudi Arabia government has been asked, the ambassador has been asked directly to bring information back".

During a news conference in the Oval Office on Saturday, Trump responded to a question about his response to the Khashoggi controversy by touting the economic benefits of the weapons sale.

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In protest of Khashoggi's disappearance, several US businesses leaders have pulled out of next week's Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, dubbed "Davos in the Desert", after the annual meeting of world economic interests in Switzerland.

"There's a lot at stake".

Turkish authorities believe a 15-man hit squad flew into Istanbul, murdered Khashoggi and flew his dismembered body out of the country.

"We're gong to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment". The kingdom's government and people are "as glorious and steadfast as ever", it said.

Khashoggi disappeared over a week ago while on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, sparking an worldwide uproar involving the Kingdom, Turkey and the United States that remains unresolved.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia extends it appreciation to all, including the USA administration, for refraining from jumping to conclusions on the ongoing investigation".

Rubio said nothing should be off the table in the United States response, including pulling out of a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom. In fact, if you search WWE's YouTube account at this point for "Saudi Arabia" the only mention you will see is from the Greatest Royal Rumble which is interesting considering the announcement videos for Crown Jewel certainly had Saudi Arabia in the text and/or title of the video. Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince.