Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

United Kingdom and USA 'could boycott' Saudi conference over missing reporter

United Kingdom and USA 'could boycott' Saudi conference over missing reporter

Asked whether bin Salman gave an order to kill Khashoggi, Trump said: "Well, nobody knows yet, but we'll probably be able to find out".

"Could it be them?"

Riyadh's reaction came hours after US President Donald Trump threatened Riyadh with "severe punishment" if Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as alleged. There's something- you'll be surprised to hear me say that, there's something really bad and disgusting about that if that was the case so we're going to have to see. But both the White House and the kingdom are under mounting pressure as concern grows over the fate of the veteran journalist, who hasn't been seen since he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

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. "I think we have to stand up to them and have to say that the current behaviour is unacceptable".

Major US defense contractors, including Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon Co, are among the beneficiaries of Washington's close ties to Riyadh and would be hurt by the halting of major arms deals.

"There's something really bad and disgusting about that, if that was the case, so we're going to have to see", Trump said.

It was not immediately clear whether it would have been technically feasible for Khashoggi's Apple phone to transfer audio to his phone, which he had given to his fiancee before entering the consulate.

According to BBC, his fiancée fears that he has been kidnapped or killed, and a Turkish security source told the BBC that officials have audio and video evidence proving the killing.

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Here's a series of endless fabrications by Qatari media, claiming Saudi Arabia's silence over journalist Khashoggi's disappearance.

"Jamal spoke up against oppression, but he paid for the Saudi people's demand for freedom with his own life", she continued.

What has Mr Trump said?

He added: "I'll tell you what I don't want to do".

Trump has sought to build strong relations with Saudi Arabia and ruled out halting big United States arms contracts with the country on the grounds that jobs would be lost.

A bipartisan group of Senators wrote a letter to Trump last week seeking an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance that could trigger sanctions.

"There are other ways of punishing - to use a word that's a pretty harsh word, but it's true".

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