Saudi Arabia told to investigate disappearance of missing journalist

Saudi Arabia rejects baseless allegations of Khashoggi murder

That prompted a pugnacious Saudi response on Sunday: "The kingdom also affirms that if it is [targeted by] any action, it will respond with greater action".

Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a United States resident, disappeared on October 2 after visiting the Saudi consulate.

Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has invited self-exiled former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, who is now living in the United Kingdom after being granted political asylum there, to Saudi Arabia. Turkey claims that Khashoggi, who wrote for The Washington Post, was killed inside a Saudi diplomatic mission in Turkey.

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

The statement from the world's top oil exporter came after the Tadawul exchange in Riyadh dropped by 7 per cent at one point during the week's first day of trading, with 182 of its 186 listed stocks showing losses by the early afternoon. It comes as one of the first signs of the economic pain that Riyadh could suffer over the suspected murder.

In this April 9, 2018 photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is welcomed by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in Paris, France.

Foreign capital is key to those plans.

Bloomberg, the Financial Times, The Economist and The New York Times have withdrawn as media sponsors from the event amid questions about the missing man's fate.

Amnesty International demanded the Saudi authorities reveal what happened to Khashoggi as it said Riyadh was "responsible at a minimum for enforced disappearance". "That I can tell you with 100% certainty, with nearly full unanimity across the board, Republicans and Democrats, there will be a very strong congressional response if in fact the Saudis lured [Khashoggi] into that consulate, murdered him, cut up his body and disposed of it, there will be a very strong congressional response".

Later Mr Hunt said that whatever happened now was "absolutely up to Saudi Arabia".

"If they don't buy it from us, they're going to buy it from Russian Federation or they're going to buy it from China or they're going to buy it from other countries", he said.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) praised the Turkish-Saudi initiative of forming a joint working group and bringing together specialists from both countries to investigate the circumstances of Khashoggi's disappearance in Istanbul, Turkey.

The statement, which was published by the PA president's office, quoted Abbas as saying he has "absolute confidence" in Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

Twenty-two US senators last Wednesday forced a USA investigation of whether human rights sanctions should be imposed over the disappearance of Khashoggi.

Security forces leading the investigation found the audio file inside the phone Khasshoggi left with his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, according to the daily.

Flake said that if it is true that Khashoggi was murdered and the Saudi leadership was involved, "severe action needs to be taken and I think the Congress will take it upon themselves to take that action".

Turkish officials say the journalist was killed and dismembered inside the consulate by a 15-member Saudi "assassination squad" and say they have evidence to support their claims.

"Believe what the president says when he says we will take very tough action if the allegations of Saudi interference prove to be the case", Kudlow said.

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