Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

Saudi Arabia government pledges ‘greater action’ if USA retaliates for Khashoggi disappearance

Saudi Arabia government pledges ‘greater action’ if USA retaliates for Khashoggi disappearance

Overnight, Turkish crime scene investigators entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the last place Khashoggi was seen before vanishing on October 2, for the first time and searched the premises for over nine hours, Reuters witnesses said.

Saudi Arabia is apparently considering an admission that Khashoggi died during an interrogation that went wrong, U.S. media reported Monday.

One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible.

U.S. President Donald Trump has sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia over the case, potentially straining the relationship between the strategic allies.

US President Donald Trump has threatened the kingdom with "severe punishment" if Khashoggi, who has been critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed inside its Istanbul mission.

Trump calls Khashoggi's disappearance a "terrible situation". Those policies are all seen as initiatives of Prince Mohammed, the son of King Salman, who is next in line to the throne. In statements after the call, both praised the creation of a joint Saudi-Turkish probe.

A Gulf banker said the Khashoggi case, combined with other events, had become a significant factor for some potential investors in Saudi Arabia and that her bank was receiving many queries from foreign clients on how to interpret it.

Japanese SoftBank's shares also took a dive on Monday, falling by almost seven percent over fears for its major financial ties with Saudi Arabia.

Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of sending a team of 15 men to interrogate and kill Khashoggi and dismember his body with a bone saw before flying it back to his native country.

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The Yemeni statement said Saudi Arabia was being targeted due to its "honourable and honest positions" towards a range of issues, particularly its role in combating "terrorism and extremism" fostered by Iran.

September 28: Khashoggi visits the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul for the first time to pick up a permission document to marry Cengiz.

Investigators entered the building in Istanbul on Monday afternoon - first a Saudi team followed roughly an hour later by Turkish forensic police.

JP Morgan CEO James Dimon and Ford chairman Bill Ford said on Sunday they would also not attend.

File Photo: Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaks at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London Britain, Sept 29, 2018.

Khashoggi, a familiar face on Arab talk shows, moved to the United States past year fearing retribution for his criticism of Prince Mohammed, who has cracked down on dissent with arrests.

Khashoggi has written extensively for the Post about Saudi Arabia, criticizing its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a driving ban for women.

Saudi Arabia is reportedly ready to concede that a missing Saudi writer was killed in its consulate in Istanbul during a botched interrogation, CNN reported Monday.

A critic of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mr Khashoggi visited the consulate to obtain a document confirming he had divorced his ex-wife, in order to allow him to remarry.

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