Saudi Arabia told to investigate disappearance of missing journalist

Saudi Arabia told to investigate disappearance of missing journalist

Saudi Arabia told to investigate disappearance of missing journalist

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman over the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as reports emerged that Riyadh was poised to acknowledge that Khashoggi was killed in its consulate in Istanbul. But, he said, the Saudi intelligence official was tragically incompetent as he eagerly sought to prove himself in secretive operations. According to CNN, the report will likely claim the interrogation was conducted without clearance or transparency.

"I actually think we'd be punishing ourselves if we did that", Mr Trump told reporters at the White House.

Mr Trump has said the fate of Mr Khashoggi was "not looking too good" and he may have been killed.

"For sure, they listened to the conversation between me and Jamal and other activists, in Canada, in the States, in Turkey, in Saudi Arabia", Omar Abdulaziz said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

"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.

He made that point again and again as he left the White House, telling reporters, "All I can do is report what he told me". "I can not support President Trump's proposed arms sales given the fact that Saudi Arabia is apparently complicit in the disappearance of Khashoggi", he said.

Turkish officials say they fear Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate.

Turkish police investigators entered the Istanbul consulate late on Monday.

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He will later visit Turkey, where Mr Khashoggi was last seen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

"The Kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures, or repeating false accusations." the official Saudi Press Agency quoted an unnamed government source as saying. But Khashoggi's disappearance has led several business leaders and media outlets to back out of the upcoming investment conference in Riyadh, called the Future Investment Initiative.

Mr Khashoggi had been a vocal critic of the Saudi Arabia ruling royal family.

Hours prior, President Trump announced in a tweet that he spoke with Saudi Arabia's King Salman about Khashoggi.

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Saudi Arabia's riyal currency retreated overnight to 3.7525 to the dollar - its weakest in two years.

United States lawmakers have been demanding to scrap the $110 billion mega defence deal with the Saudis, whereas heads of several companies, CEOs, newspapers have announced not to attend an upcoming finance conference in Saudi Arabia.

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