Saudis vow to retaliate against 'credible' Khashoggi probe

Saudis vow to retaliate against 'credible' Khashoggi probe

Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it would retaliate to possible economic sanctions taken by other states over the case of Jamal Khashoggi, the state news agency SPA reported quoting an official source.

It also warned that "the kingdom's economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy".

However, it put more pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Khashoggi, who has written critically about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after he walked into the consulate October 2.

The obituary-style piece follows an opinion piece Ms Cengiz wrote for the Washington Post last week, calling on US President Donald Trump to investigate his disappearance. Turkey's government believes he was deliberately killed inside the building and his body removed.

US President Donald Trump vowed "severe punishment" for Saudi Arabia if the United States determines that Saudi agents killed Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, calling the journalist's suspected murder "really bad and disgusting". That treaty includes a Saudi intent to purchase $110 billion in arms from the U.S.

Foreign capital is key to those plans. In addition, Bloomberg, the New York Times, the Financial Times, CNN and CNBC have all cut their ties with the conference.

Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée to the Saudi journalist who has been missing for almost two weeks, has written an obituary-style op-ed on Jamal Khashoggi, which was published Saturday by the New York Times.

Their foreign ministers said that if anyone were found responsible they should be held accountable, and urged a detailed response from Riyadh.

Meanwhile, Turkey has said it will search the Saudi Consulate for evidence, but that has yet to happen.

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Trump added, "We're going to get to the bottom of it, and there will be severe punishment".

The Saudi minister, in the first ministerial reaction to the accusations about Khashoggi´s killing, said he welcomed the cooperation between his country and Turkey to clarify the circumstances of the disappearance.

Citing anonymous sources, the Washington Post reported Friday that Turkey's government has told U.S. officials it has audio and video proof that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered.

Shortly after trading kicked off on Sunday, Saudi stocks plunged by at least seven percent, in what became the biggest drop since 2014 which comes amid an ever-increasing pressure on Riyadh over the situation around missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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

Turkish officials have not answered queries from The Associated Press about Khashoggi's Apple Watch.

The Washington Post reported in recent days that the Turkish government informed US officials it was in possession of video recordings that prove Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, but have not made them public. "The Saudi Arabia government has been asked, the ambassador has been asked directly to bring information back".

The Crown Prince has launched a series of social reforms in Saudi Arabia, including allowing women to drive.

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