Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

WWE criticized for Saudi Arabia ties after Jamal Khashoggi disappearance

Saudi Arabia government pledges ‘greater action’ if US retaliates for Khashoggi disappearance Saudi Arabia told to investigate disappearance of missing journalist
Ginger Lopez | 16 October, 2018, 10:48

"It's being investigated, it's being looked at very, very strongly", Trump said, after CBS's Lesley Stahl asked whether the Saudis had murdered Khashoggi.

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

Saudi Arabia plowed $27 million into lobbying in Washington previous year, making it one of the highest-spending countries seeking to influence USA policy, according to public records.

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

In an interview to air on 60 Minutes this weekend, the president promised "severe punishment" if the United States determines that Saudi Arabia killed Khashoggi.

The GOP-founded lobbying powerhouse BGR Group, which had an $80,000-a-month contract with the Saudi government, announced it was also dropping the kingdom as a client.

"But, again, along with the president and the general investigation, Mr. Mnuchin will make up his mind as the week progresses and as new information surfaces", Kudlow added.

While lurid claims have appeared in Turkish media - including that Khashoggi was tortured and dismembered - Turkey's leadership has so far refrained from pointing the finger directly at Riyadh in public comments.

Prince Mohammed, King Salman's son, has aggressively pitched the kingdom as a destination for foreign investment. That would be an unprecedented breach in a decades-old, deep economic and security relationship that is key to Washington's policies in the Middle East.

Saudi flags, photos of the king and crown prince looking stern, and pro-Saudi hashtags were making the rounds on social media Monday with a common theme: Saudi Arabia and its ruling family are a "red line".




White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow declined to speculate on what Trump might do after the president promised "severe punishment" in a "60 Minutes" interview, if the USA determines that Khashoggi was indeed killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The Washington Times said Trump, just hours earlier, had reported talking with the Saudi king, who, he said, denied his government's involvement.

The New York Times, citing a person familiar with the Saudi plans, reported that Prince Mohammed bin Salman had approved an interrogation or rendition of Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia. "I've heard that report but nobody's knows if it's an official report".

"His denial to me could not have been stronger", Trump said, echoing language he has used to describe Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials of meddling in the 2016 election that sent Trump to the White House.

Turkey has wanted to search the consulate for days.

King Salman has replaced two crown princes in the past.

In Istanbul, meanwhile, Turkish and Saudi investigators began conducting a joint inspection of the consulate.

Saudi Arabia agreed last week to allow Turkish officials to conduct a search but insisted it would only be a superficial "visual" inspection.

The Uber investment was the PIF's first major deal in the technology start-up market, signaling its shift in strategy toward more aggressive and eye-catching foreign investments.

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