Saudi Arabia rejects 'threats' after Trump comments on missing journalist


"In this spirit, light must be shed on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose family has lost contact with him since October 2".

Turkish officials had previously said the Saudis were resisting a search of the consulate after learning that police meant to use Luminol, a forensic chemical which reveals bloodstains, even if they had been wiped clean.

Also, anti-Saudi sentiment in the US Congress could conceivably raise pressure to pass the so-called No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act, which would end sovereign immunity shielding OPEC members from US legal action. Branson's statement In a recent blog post Branson wrote: "I had high hopes for the current government in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and it is why I was delighted to accept two directorships in the tourism projects around the Red Sea".

The foreign ministry official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations. "I don't think any of our government officials should be going and pretending it's business as usual until we know what's happening". "The Kingdom's economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy and that the Kingdom's economy is affected only by the impact of the global economy", it said.

The Washington Post, to which Khashoggi contributed as a columnist, has said the Turkish government had told U.S. officials it had audio and video recordings showing how Khashoggi was "interrogated, tortured and then murdered" by a 15-member Saudi security team inside the consulate before his body was dismembered. In an excerpt from an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" to be broadcast on Sunday night, Trump said: "It's being looked at very, very strongly. We'll wait and see, but rest assured that when the president says we will take actions if we find out bad outcomes, he means it". Turkish officials claimed that the Saudi Journalist disappeared after entering his country's consulate, While Saudi officials have asserted that Khashoggi has left shortly after he went in the building. The market clawed back some of the losses, closing down 3.5 per cent for the day.

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Other executives such as Ford Motor Chairman Bill Ford and Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi also won't attend the conference, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Mohammed Zidan, market strategist at Thinkmarket in Dubai, said the drop in Saudi stocks was the result of panic selling because of several political and economic factors. That means that stocks traded in Saudi Arabia can now be included in broader funds, making it easier for investors around the world to put their money into the kingdom's economy.

No-one could undermine the strong relationship with Turkey, he said.

The embassy also issued on its Twitter account what it said was a clarification of the government statement, writing that the kingdom "extends it appreciation to all, including the USA administration, for refraining from jumping to conclusions on the ongoing investigation", an apparent reference to Khashoggi's disappearance.