Saudi consulate to be searched after Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance

Saudi consulate to be searched after Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance

Saudi consulate to be searched after Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance

Saudi Arabia's King Salman also spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday about Khashoggi's whereabouts and are considering establishing a "working group" to discuss the case, Turkish and Saudi state-run media reported.

A White House aide says President Donald Trump is serious when he says there'll be "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia is found to be complicit in the disappearance of us resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Last week, Saudi Arabia allowed Turkey to search its consulate in Istanbul.

"In this spirit, light must be shed on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi", it said, indicating all three countries were treating the matter "with the utmost seriousness".

Oil prices firmed Monday morning as questions surrounding the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi had traders pricing in the possibility sanctions would be imposed against Saudi Arabia.

Germany, France and the United Kingdom have also pressured Saudi Arabia for an investigation into Khashoggi's 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 global status, the outcome of these weak endeavours, like their predecessors, is a demise", the country's press agency said, citing an "official source". "Imposing any type of sanctions on Saudi Arabia by the West will cause the kingdom to resort to other options", he said.

The exchange dropped by over 500 points, then clawed back some of the losses, ending the day down 264 points, or more than 4 per cent.

Few details have emerged over how the joint working group will function, sparking suspicion that Saudi Arabia might be trying to coax Turkey with certain concessions at a time of the latter's economic problems.

Saudi Arabia, which provided much of the funding for the SoftBank Vision Fund, is seeing a growing number of attendees pull out of the "Davos in the Desert" investment conference after the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist.

Cengiz, a doctoral student at a university in Istanbul, wrote: "If the allegations are true, and Jamal has been murdered by the errand boys of Mohammed bin Salman, he is already a martyr".

On Friday, a source familiar with the ongoing investigation told CNN that Turkish authorities have audio and visual evidence that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

However, he told CBS News on Saturday that the U.S. was investigating the case which he called "really bad and disgusting" and that "there will be severe punishment".

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