Erdoğan, Saudi King discuss Khashoggi case over phone

Steven Mnuchin

The CNN report comes hours after President Donald Trump told reporters that King Salman of Saudi Arabia strongly denied his government had any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance and said "rogue killers" could be responsible.

Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate.

Trump says he doesn't "want to get" into King Salman's mind, but says, "it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers". But he said the royal court would soon put out a narrative that an official within the kingdom's intelligence services - who happened to be a friend of Prince Mohammed - had carried out the killing.

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), which hosts the conference, has tentatively committed $20 billion to an infrastructure investment planned with Blackstone Group.

Saudi Arabia agreed last week to allow Turkish officials to conduct a search but insisted it would only be a superficial "visual" inspection.

On October 2, Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve a document related to his upcoming wedding.

Trump tweeted early Monday that Salman denied any knowledge of "whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen'".

"It would lead to Saudi Arabia's failure to commit to producing 7.5 million barrels". In statements after the call, both praised the creation of a joint Saudi-Turkish probe about Khashoggi.

"Something this big would definitely spook investors, and Saudi just opened up for foreign direct investment, so that was big", said Issam Kassabieh, a financial analyst at Dubai-based firm Menacorp Finance.

The latest moves come as more leading business figures say they will not attend a major investment conference in Riyadh later this month. Chief Executive Jamie Dimon; and Ford Motor Co.

"The king firmly denied any knowledge of it", Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to survey hurricane damage in Florida and in Georgia.

"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", the statement said.

Experts now suspect that the Apple Watch recordings may have been fabricated by Turkish authorities to hide covert surveillance of the Saudi consulate, reports suggest. Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor, an influential United Arab Emirates tycoon, called for an Arab boycott of all US firms who have withdrawn from the conference.

Khashoggi was living in self-imposed exile in the United States and had criticized Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in columns written for The Washington Post.

It is still unclear whether US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will attend the conference.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Saudi Arabia preparing to admit Khashoggi was killed
In an interview with CBS" " 60 Minutes' broadcast the night prior, Trump said of the situation: "There's a lot at stake..." USA stock futures declined again on Monday as Saudi Arabia faced growing pressure over a missing critic of the kingdom.

Gambling movies
In as much as most movies show how gambling is bad or addictive, look on the brighter side, it is a good way of making money. With so many people shaming gambling, directors are trying to put it out there that it is not as bad as people make it seem.

Health- Get glowing skin with potatoes
Exfoliation : At times we feel like our skin is just too shiny, no matter how much makeup we apply. If you follow the below steps religiously, your skin texture will improve within a few weeks.

Tips to improve your site ranking
Improve your website speed A slow website is boring so you must keep improving the speed to offer a better user experience. At least 82 % of videos on the search result pages are from YouTube and it has more than 3 billion searches per month. 2.

Other news