Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Turkey, Saudis to jointly inspect consulate

Turkey, Saudis to jointly inspect consulate

But she said, "If he makes a genuine contribution to the efforts to reveal what happened inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that day, I will consider accepting his invitation".

"Since Saudi arms are being used to ravage Yemen and they are apparently complicit in the disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi, I can not support President Trump's proposed arms sale", Durbin said.

Saudi King Salman also affirmed his country's solid ties with Turkey, saying no one could undermine the strength of their bilateral relationship, the Saudi Foreign Ministry tweeted after the phone conversation. "In the not too distant future I think we'll know an answer", the president said.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and Saudi citizen residing in the United States, vanished on October 2 after visiting the building to obtain official documents.

Trump said that he had invited Cengiz to the White House at the same time as vowing severe punishment if the Saudi regime was found to be involved.

A Gulf banker said the Khashoggi case, combined with other events, had become a significant factor for some potential investors.

Turkish police have begun probing a claim that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body could be "evaporated" using acid inside his country's consulate in Istanbul, local media reported October 15. The kingdom has called the allegations "baseless", but has offered no evidence the writer ever left the consulate.

As the crisis mounted, Saudi leader King Salman called Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, thanking him for welcoming the kingdom's proposal to set up a "joint working group" to probe Khashoggi's disappearance, a Saudi statement said.

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In a statement by the Saudi Press Agency, the government denied any involvement: "The Kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by waving economic sanctions, using political pressure, or repeating false accusations".

Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi, Viacom Inc CEO Bob Bakish and billionaire Steve Case, one of the founders of AOL, said they were no longer going to attend.

Doubts are also growing over whether British Trade Secretary Liam Fox will attend the Riyadh conference, the BBC reported Sunday citing diplomatic sources.

Foreign capital is key to Saudi Arabia's plans to diversify its economy beyond oil and cut a 12.9% jobless rate among its citizens.

According to a prince belonging to Saudi Royal family, 5 members of the Royal family who raised voice against the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi have been put in jail.

In his CBS interview the president reiterated earlier concerns that any punishment shouldn't impact trade with Saudi Arabia, signaling that cutting off USA military sales to the kingdom may not be an option. "We got it", he said.

Fairfax Media revealed a year ago Australia had approved four military exports to Saudi Arabia in the previous 12 months, even as the Gulf state stood accused of war crimes in its bombardment of Yemen.

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