Saudi Arabia Begins Probe Into Khashoggi Disappearance

Marcus Newton
October 17, 2018

In a joint statement on Sunday, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom said that "light must be shed" on the disappearance of the US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who had not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

President Donald Trump initially made it clear that whatever the outcome of the inquiry into the disappearance of Khashoggi, the U.S. would not forgo billions of dollars in arms deals with Saudi Arabia. But Ankara and Riyadh disagreed over the search after Saudi officials reportedly said they would only allow a superficial "visual" search.

"Something this big would definitely spook investors, and Saudi just opened up for foreign direct investment, so that was big", said Issam Kassabieh, a financial analyst at Dubai-based firm Menacorp Finance.

Turkish officials say they fear Saudi agents killed Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Britain, France and Germany insisted Sunday that "light must be shed" on the whereabouts of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as they called for a credible investigation into his disappearance.

"The Kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action, and that 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", the country's press agency said, citing an "official source".

But the president has also said "we would be punishing ourselves" by cancelling arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

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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.

The exchange dropped by over 500 points, then clawed back some of the losses, ending the day down 264 points, or more than 4 per cent.

An investment conference seen as a platform for the crown prince due to take place next week in Riyadh and dubbed "Davos in the Desert", has been hit by a string of prominent cancellations. Turkey said Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, while Saudi Arabia said the journalist left unharmed.

The Washington Post, citing unidentified US and Turkish officials, reported that Turkey had told USA officials it has audio and video recordings that prove Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

"We were going to browse appliances for our new home and meet with our friends and family members over dinner", she wrote.

The US President said Friday he had not yet spoken with King Salman of Saudi Arabia - the father of bin Salman - in the wake of Khashoggi's reported killing, but that he planned to "pretty soon".

Cengiz, a doctoral student at a university in Istanbul, wrote: "If the allegations are true, and Jamal has been murdered by the errand boys of Mohammed bin Salman, he is already a martyr".

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