Turkish officials will today search Saudi consulate over Khashoggi

Lloyd Doyle
October 15, 2018

King Salman phoned Erdogan Sunday evening "to thank the president for welcoming the kingdom's proposal to form a joint working group" to discuss the disappearance, the Saudi foreign ministry said.

But Riyadh vowed to hit back on October 14 against any punitive measures as its stock market tumbled, with the fallout from the crisis threatening to imperil Prince Mohammed bin Salman's much-hyped economic reform drive. "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.

Turkish broadcaster NTV said Saudi Arabia agreed to allow investigators into consulate on Monday afternoon to make their first search of the facility since Mr Khashoggi vanished on October 2. Later that same day, however, the Saudi embassy in Washington tweeted a clarification that pretty much dismissed the tone of the official source's warning reported by the SPA.

The kingdom has maintained the allegations against it are "baseless", though an official early on Saturday acknowledged for the first time some believe Mr Khashoggi was killed by the kingdom.

But Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Mnuchin should not attend the economic summit because the United States should not continue "business as usual" with Saudi Arabia in the wake of Khashoggi's disappearance.

President Donald Trump has said Saudi Arabia could face "severe punishment" if it is proven it was involved in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Ms al-Sharif was stripsearched and imprisoned for driving in the Saudi kingdom, breaking a ban on females behind the wheel that she has campaigned against for years.

While the kingdom has denied any involvement in Khashoggi, U.S. administration officials are said to increasingly regard the kingdom's position as untenable.

While crude prices rose nearly 2 per cent after Saudi Arabia pledged to retaliate and said it had an "influential and vital role in the global economy", it's far from certain that it will use energy as a weapon. "We won't be commenting further". "He (Trump) will take action".

Investors have taken fright, prompting Saudi stocks to tumble by around seven per cent at one point on Sunday, wiping out their gains for 2018.

Concerns appeared to spread Monday to Japan's SoftBank, which has invested tens of billions of dollars of Saudi government funds.

A range of punishments are under discussion within the US administration, from downgrading diplomatic relations or sanctioning Saudi officials to following major USA companies in withdrawing officials from an investment conference in Riyadh later this month.

Business barons including British billionaire Richard Branson and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, as well as media powerhouses like Bloomberg and CNN, have pulled out of next week´s Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh.

"As for the WWE, while they say they are monitoring the situation, their enormous Crown Jewel event is still scheduled for November, meaning John Cena could well be back there doing this, which I guess in this context means you don't see these human rights abuses right here", said Oliver while he waved his hand in front of his face, mocking Cena's trademark pose and "You can't see me" catchphrase.

The cancellations have cast a pall over the annual summit at which Prince Mohammed wowed investors a year ago with talking robots and blueprints for a futuristic mega city. The kingdom is also a major supplier to Gulf Coast refineries as well as top buyers in Asia.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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