Saudis to allow Turkish investigators to search consulate

Demonstration for missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Washington

The UK, Germany and France have demanded a credible investigation into the disappearance.

"The Kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures, or repeating false accusations that will not undermine the Kingdom and its staunch positions and Arab, Islamic and worldwide status, the outcome of these weak endeavours, like their predecessors, is a demise", the country's press agency said, citing an "official source".

His remarks prompted Saudi Arabia to threaten to use its economic muscle to respond to any punitive measure but Rai al-Youm, a pan-Arab newspaper based in London, said the kingdom might have to ready itself for new "milking" by the US.

"The information circulating within decision-making circles within the kingdom have gone beyond the rosy language used in the statement", Aldakhil wrote, referring to the earlier comment.

Saudi Arabia is a key partner for Switzerland in the Arab world and the Middle East region.

Past US presidents have opposed the bill but the chances of it being passed may have increased because of Trump's frequent criticism of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which he accuses of driving up oil prices.

The Saudi Embassy in Washington offered a milder statement in a tweet on Sunday.

A Saudi delegation arrived in Turkey on Friday to discuss the case with Turkish authorities, following Turkish presidential spokesperson announced to form a joint Turkish-Saudi investigation team upon the kingdom's request.

The main stock market index in Riyadh fell as much as 7% on Sunday and billions of dollars were wiped off the value of leading Saudi companies. It later recovered partially to stand 5% lower shortly before the close. None of the statements mentioned Khashoggi by name, or provided any further clues into what happened to the journalist.

Turkey Claims Saudis Killed, Chopped Up Journalist — NY Times
On his first global trip as president, Trump visited Saudi Arabia and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales. Mr Khashoggi was visiting the consulate to finalise his divorce so he could marry his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.

"We encourage joint Saudi-Turkish efforts in that regard, and expect the Saudi Government to provide a complete and detailed response", said Jeremy Hunt, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas.

Mohammed Zidan, market strategist at Thinkmarket in Dubai, said the drop in Saudi stocks was the result of panic selling because of several political and economic factors.

Aram... There's now more and more global pressure on the Saudis over the disappearance....

US President Donald Trump is pessimistic about the fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying Saturday that it is "not looking too good" and he may have been killed. Flake spoke on ABC's This Week, and Kudlow also was on ABC and Fox News Sunday.

Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2. At least some of them appear to have high-level connections in the Saudi government.

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.

"If we have already lost Jamal, then condemnation is not enough".

Rubio tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that "we can never be a voice for human rights anywhere in the world if we allow a situation like this to go forward and us do nothing about it".

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