Behind The Headlines: The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

Behind The Headlines: The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

President Donald Trump has vowed that the United States will get to the bottom of what happened to Khashoggi, and has warned of "severe punishment" if he were found to have been killed in the consulate.

Saudi Arabia has said it would hit back at possible economic sanctions if other states impose them on the kingdom over the case of the missing journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, the state news agency SPA reported on Sunday.

The Jordanian government also affirmed the Kingdom's central role in consolidating security, stability and peace and enhancing economic cooperation both regionally and globally.

Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi government critic, entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and then disappeared.

Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate and lurid claims have been leaked to media that he was tortured and even dismembered, but Saudi Arabia insists he left the building safely.

It did not directly acknowledge Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and came shortly after the Saudi stock market plunged by almost 7% at on Sunday.

Kudlow tells ABC's "This Week" that Mnuchin "will make up his mind as the week progresses and as new information surfaces" and the investigation proceeds. By close, it had recovered some losses, ending down 3.5 percent and losing $16.5 billion of market value.

A joint statement of condemnation, if it is confirmed that Mr Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents, is also being discussed by U.S. and European diplomats.

Britain, France and Germany insisted Sunday that "light must be shed" on the whereabouts of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as they called for a credible investigation into his disappearance. But Trump has said he does not want to halt a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia because, he maintained, it would harm USA manufacturers. That means that stocks traded in Saudi Arabia can now be included in broader funds, making it easier for investors around the world to put their money into the kingdom's economy.

United Kingdom foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt told Saudi Arabia Britain wants urgent answers over the reporter's disappearance.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the kingdom, is pushing for Saudi Arabia to become a destination for foreign investment.

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So far, administration officials have also expressed reluctance to canceling participation in Saudi Arabia's signature economic forum, the Future Investment Initiative.

Journalists report from outside the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

"I don't think any of our government officials should be going and pretending it's business as usual until we know what's happened here, " said Rubio, R-Fla.

Turkey has yet to publish any evidence of him being slain, though surveillance footage around the consulate shows a convoy of vehicles with diplomatic license plates leaving the Saudi Consulate for the consul's home in Istanbul a little under two hours after Khashoggi's arrival.

Saudi Arabian equities slumped on concern the nation's relationship with the US may sour over the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

They say Khashoggi disappeared after exiting its premises.

Media sponsors and business leaders including Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi have been abandoning the conference, also dubbed "Davos in the Desert", in droves.

Trump has repeatedly criticized Saudi Arabia and King Salman over rising global oil prices.

Earlier this month, Trump suggested Saudi Arabia's king "might not be there for two weeks" without USA military support.

"Since Saudi arms are being used to ravage Yemen and they are apparently complicit in the disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi, I can not support President Trump's proposed arms sale", Durbin said.

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