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

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

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

"Per two sources who spoke to CNN, however, the Saudis are preparing a report admitting that they meant to abduct and bring Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, but that he was inadvertently killed in the process".

One source cautioned that the report was still being prepared and could change, CNN said.

Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documents to marry his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.

Trump tweeted early Monday that Salman denied any knowledge of "whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen'".

If one steps outside the Trump administration's way of depicting the Middle East and looks beyond the sword-dancing and orb-gazing of Trump's unforgiving relationship with the flattery-bestowing Saudis, then the Khashoggi matter, though certainly outrageous, can be seen as part of a larger pattern of the rule of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS).

As is so often the case, when human rights conflict with war and money, war and money win - and not just under Trump, as some journalists have been quick to suggest.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday defended Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's intention to attend a summit in Saudi Arabia later this month despite the kingdom's involvement in the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"If US sanctions are imposed on Saudi Arabia, we will be facing an economic disaster that would rock the entire world", said Aldakhil.

Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet King Salman over the case that has strained the Americans' relationship with the Saudis, carefully cultivated by the US president.

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One person familiar with the Saudi plans said on Monday that the Saudi government was preparing to describe a scenario that would protect the prince from any blame.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia had not cooperated in the investigation, despite proposing to create the joint working group with Turkish authorities.

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But he left Saudi Arabia roughly a year ago over fears for his safety after writing articles critical of the government, particularly Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "We're going to get to the bottom of it, and there will be severe punishment".

The paper cited "reliable sources in a special intelligence department" as saying that Khashoggi is believed to have turned on the recording feature on the phone before entering the consulate. A spokesman for JPMorgan confirmed chief executive Jamie Dimon will no longer attend, but declined to say why.

As western companies began to distance themselves from the oil-rich Gulf nation which is seeking outside investment to diversify its economy, the king also Sunday discussed the scandal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In a sign of new cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia that could shed light on the disappearance, Turkish investigators wearing coveralls and gloves entered the consulate Monday.

A joint Saudi-Turkish team arrived at the consulate on Monday in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent neighbourhood, as journalists filmed and shot photographs of their arrival.

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