Saudi stock market plunges amid U.S. threats over Khashoggi case

Lloyd Doyle
Октября 15, 2018

"The recent disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi suggests that he could be a victim of a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights", almost two dozen senators explained in their letter to the president.

Trump said he would meet with Khashoggi's family.

"It's clear, we can not have an ally who murders in cold blood, in their own consulate, a critic, a dissident, that is unacceptable", Sanders said.

"The position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its centrality in global relations make it above suspicions", said Al-Othaimeen.

On Wednesday a surveillance video emerged appearing to show Khashoggi entering the consulate building, and a van leaving around two hours later, reportedly a focus of the investigation. However, those alleged recordings have yet to be released publicly.

Turkish security officials, rather than holding news conferences, have leaked information through pro-government media.

"Bahrain reiterates its firm stance with Saudi Arabia in all its policies and efforts to confront the various threats and risks facing the global community, extremism and terrorism, as well as the Kingdom's efforts to promote worldwide cooperation at various political, economic and security levels and its enormous potential in promoting peace and stability throughout the world", said Bahrain News Agency. Turkish officials told The Associated Press one of those men was an "autopsy expert".

Media reports say Khashoggi may have recorded his own death on his Apple Watch.

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Turkish officials have not responded to questions from the AP about Khashoggi's Apple Watch.

The Jordanian government has affirmed the central role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its leading role in establishing security, stability and peace and enhancing economic cooperation in the region and the world.

Early on Saturday, the state-run Saudi Press Agency published a statement from Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud again denying the kingdom's involvement. The Qatar-fund satellite network Al-Jazeera has extensively focused on Khashoggi's disappearance over the last week.

The Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt Ahmed Hafez said "Egypt also warns against trying to exploit this issue (Jamal Khashoggi's case) politically against Saudi Arabia on arbitrary charges, and affirms its support for the Kingdom in its efforts and positions to deal with this event". "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".

All of the identified individuals have since left Turkey.

A Saudi team has arrived in Turkey to investigate Khashoggi's disappearance.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has reviewed the USA intelligence into what happened to Khashoggi, has said, "The likelihood is he was killed on the day he walked into the consulate".

In a joint statement on Sunday, the foreign ministers of Britain, France, and Germany said they were treating the matter with the "utmost seriousness" and called for a "credible investigation" into the journalist's disappearance, adding that anyone who bears responsibility should be held to account. The information circulating within decision-making circles within the kingdom have gone beyond the rosy language used in the statement and discuss more than 30 potential measures to be taken against the imposition of sanctions on Riyadh.

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