Saudis vow to retaliate against 'credible' Khashoggi probe

Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi

VIRGINIA MAYO AP Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi

On Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Riyadh with "severe punishment" if Khashoggi has been murdered.

Saudi Arabia warned on Sunday (Oct 14) it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed on the oil-rich kingdom over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as the Riyadh stock market plunged on growing investor jitters.

It began with a mysterious disappearance: Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian citizen and USA resident, went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, 12 days ago.

Turkish officials say they fear a team of Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi, and have released surveillance footage of the alleged perpetrators and mysterious movements outside the consulate on October 2, the day he entered.

With the explosive claim by Turkish authorities that Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi leadership, was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2, several major US business leaders and media companies have withdrawn from the investors conference set for later this month.

The statement aired on Saudi Arabian state media came after the country's stock market plunged by almost 7 per cent at one point on Sunday.

"We're going to find out what happened", Trump pledged Friday when questioned by reporters in Cincinnati where he was headlining a political rally.

Witt then turned to Trump's slow response to reports of Saudi involvement in Khashoggi's death.

Diplomatic sources told the BBC's James Landale that both US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox might not attend next month's investment conference in Riyadh, which has been dubbed "Davos in the Desert".

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday issued a statement in which he voiced "full confidence" in Saudi Arabia and praised its leaders for their support for the Palestinians.

Sabah also reported that investigation units were now examining all cell phone and landline records from the consulate and the consul general's residence on 2 October.

Earlier, several USA companies and business leaders pulled out of an upcoming The Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia as questions mount over the disappearance of the Saudi journalist.

Trump said on Saturday his administration won a $110 billion military order from Saudi Arabia and that the deal, combined with Saudi commitments to invest heavily in the United States, was worth hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.

"It's a tremendous order from an economic development standpoint", Trump said.

They said: 'Defending freedom of expression and a free press and ensuring the protection of journalists are key priorities for Germany, the United Kingdom and France.

Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a roundup of activists and businessmen.

The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) rejected any threats and attempts against Saudi Arabia or any member state of the organization, asserting that it stands with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in all measures taken to protect its national reputation and security. In fact, if you search WWE's YouTube account at this point for "Saudi Arabia" the only mention you will see is from the Greatest Royal Rumble which is interesting considering the announcement videos for Crown Jewel certainly had Saudi Arabia in the text and/or title of the video.

Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Khashoggi vanished after entering the consulate to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.

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