Turkey to search Saudi consulate in missing journalist case

A member of security staff casts shadows at the entrance of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul Turkey Oct 12 2018. Reuters

But both the White House and the kingdom are under mounting pressure as concern grows over the fate of the veteran journalist, who hasn't been seen since he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

It said that the government and people of Saudi Arabia "are steadfast, glorious as ever, no matter whatever the pressures and circumstances might be".

Also, anti-Saudi sentiment in the US Congress could conceivably raise pressure to pass the so-called No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act, which would end sovereign immunity shielding OPEC members from US legal action. Trump has said that he intends to speak to the Saudi King soon.

"If Khashoggi had disappeared in Turkey when he was at a hotel or a private residence, I think there is plausible deniability on the part of the Saudi government", Brennan told NBC's "Meet the Press." Censure of any kind would be met with "greater action" from Riyadh, it added, pointing out Saudi Arabia's "vital role" in the world economy.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and Saudi citizen residing in the United States, vanished on October 2 after visiting the building to obtain official documents.

On Sunday, Trump threatened "severe punishment" against Saudi Arabia if it turns out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, though he also cautioned Washington would be "punishing" itself if it scrapped any military sales to Riyadh. "We'll wait and see, but rest assured that when the president says we will take actions if we find out bad outcomes, he means it". Turkish investigative agencies, according to media reports, claim that they have audio and video evidence which indicated that the journalist was brutally killed inside the consulate. It clawed back some by mid-session but was still down by 5.0 per cent, the worst single-day drop in about three years, trading at a 10-month low of 7,167 points.

Francophonie Summit ends in Armenian capital
Her spokesman, Bertin Leblanc, has said consensus must be reached by the heads of state and governments behind closed doors. Among la Francophonie's 54 full members, only Haiti - her country of birth - continues to back her, he said.

But in a strongly worded op-ed published later on Sunday, Turki Aldakhil, general manager of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel, warned that if the United States imposed sanctions on Riyadh "it will stab its own economy to death", cause oil prices to reach as high as $200 a barrel, lead Riyadh to permit a Russian military base in the city of Tabuk, and drive the Middle East into the arms of Iran. "We have conveyed this message directly to the Saudi authorities". The U.S. supplies Saudi Arabia with tens of billions of dollars worth of arms, and the kingdom is a key U.S. ally in the volatile region.

JP Morgan CEO James Dimon and Ford chairman Bill Ford said on Sunday they would also not attend. "Certainly our involvement in Yemen with Saudi Arabia will be affected", Flake said.

But Mr Khashoggi's disappearance, and suspicions he may have been targeted over his criticism of the crown prince, have led several business leaders and media outlets to back out of an upcoming high-profile investment conference in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia is one of the world's top oil exporters.

"We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment", he said.

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