Dimon, Fink pulling out of Saudi conference

Dimon, Fink pulling out of Saudi conference

Earlier, US President Donald Trump said he had sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia and raised the possibility that "rogue killers" could be behind the disappearance of Khashoggi, who vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey almost two weeks ago.

Turkish officials said they believe a 15-member Saudi hit team that arrived in Turkey from Riyadh on private jets on October 2, the same day Khashoggi vanished, travelled to the consulate, where they killed Khashoggi, dismembered his body and removed it from the country.

Khashoggi, a United States resident, Washington Post columnist and leading critic of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman had vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to get marriage documents.

"This is the same King Salman who told me after 9/11 that the 9/11 attacks were an Israeli plot", Jordan said. Consequently, trump wrote, he immediately turned Pompeo in Riyadh to meet with Saudi monarch, reports Radio Liberty.

The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation's Facebook statement about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Saudis "have to be aware that if they move forward with the conference, the story will be 'nobody showed up, '" the source said.

"I do think the norms have eroded and the guardrails (have) come down under Donald Trump", said Colin Robertson, a former Canadian diplomat and foreign policy expert who serves as vice-president and fellow at the Calgary-based Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

Concern for the fate of the journalist in the world has led to the depreciation of shares on the Saudi stock exchange, and several media companies and representatives of Western business canceled its participation in an investment conference in Riyadh, to be held next week.

The president provided no evidence to back his comment, but said that during a phone call the Saudi King had firmly denied knowing what had happened to Mr Khashoggi.

But late Monday evening - after Turkish authorities placed high iron barriers in front of the consulate - a motorcade of six cars drew up and Turkish police and prosecutors entered the premises.

Mr Khashoggi has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul amid speculation he may have been killed.

As of Monday morning, Mnuchin was still moving forward with plans to attend the Future Investment Initiative even as top bank executives and investors have withdrawn over the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a person familiar with the trip. This news comes amid mounting worldwide outcry that Saudi Arabia explain Khashoggi's shocking disappearance, after Turkish officials accused the Saudis of assassinating Khashoggi, dismembering him and smuggling body parts out of the consulate.

Trump quoted the King on Monday as saying that neither he nor his son, Crown Prince Mohammed, had any information about what had happened to Khashoggi.

Also on Monday, investigators entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

But he has said repeatedly that he does not want to halt a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia - as some in Congress have said he should - because it would harm the USA economically. "He has got instructions to find out what happened", Trump said.

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