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UK, Germany, France press Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi disappearance

15 October 2018

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, vanished after entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain official documents for his upcoming marriage.

As Saudi Arabia warned of possible economic retaliation of its own, Sens.

The 32-year-old bin Salman, the heir apparent in Saudi Arabia, has been under fire this week because of questions regarding his country's role in the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

On Thursday, Trump had said U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia were "excellent" and that he doesn't want to scuttle highly lucrative arms deals with Riyadh.

MbS is also the architect of Saudi Arabia's brutal and futile war in Yemen.

The Republic of Djibouti condemned the media campaign against Saudi Arabia and at the same time reiterated its firm stand on the kingdom's policies and its efforts to consolidate peace and promote prosperity at the regional and global levels.

"I think one of the strong things that we can do is not only stop military sales, not only put sanctions on Saudi Arabia, but most importantly, get out of this bad, awful war in Yemen led by the Saudis", Sanders said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Kudlow said Sunday as to whether Mnuchin would go forward with the trip, "Again, along with the president and the general investigation, Mr. Mnuchin will make up his mind as the week progresses and as new information surfaces", Kudlow said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos". "The United States is the dominant energy player so we're in pretty good shape, in my opinion, with our energy boom to cover any shortfalls".

But President Trump, who also has Saudi business ties, says he does not want the U.S.to cancel lucrative military contracts with the kingdom.

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"We're going to find out what happened", Trump pledged. Mnuchin had indicated earlier Friday he still planned to attend. Saudi officials say Khashoggi left the building unharmed.

"There sure doesn't seem to be", Flake said.

The Bahraini Foreign Ministry said in a statement, "The Kingdom of Bahrain also commends the high position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as it is considered the basis for security and stability of the Arab and Islamic world".

Turkey says it believes he was killed inside, telling US officials that it has tapes and video from his final moments to prove it. Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied that it has anything to do with the disappearance.

JP Morgan Chase & Co chief executive Jamie Dimon and Ford chairman Bill Ford are the latest United States firms that cancelled plans to attend a Saudi Arabian investor conference later this month following the disappearance of a dissident journalist at the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Trump visited the kingdom on his first overseas trip as president and has touted arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Asked whether he had reviewed the audio or video recordings, Trump said he has not.

"Well, there are many things we can do". James Lankford, R-Okla., who was at the White House for the arrival of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was released from Turkey after almost two years of confinement. "There's a big list".

GCC Secretary General said that what are being circulated in some Arab and global media are false accusations and claims that are not based on facts and are aimed at harming Saudi Arabia.

UK, Germany, France press Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi disappearance