Saudi Arabia Begins Probe Into Khashoggi Disappearance

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Saudi Arabia on Sunday thanked Washington for not rushing to conclusions as the probe continues into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

President Donald Trump, who has forged a close relationship with the Saudi rulers, has said the investigating the case and lawmakers have threatened to take action against the kingdom.

"If President Trump was angered by $80 oil, nobody should rule out the price jumping to $100 and $200 a barrel or maybe double that figure", he wrote.

Britain, France and Germany released a rare joint statement saying they were treating Khashoggi's disappearance "with the utmost seriousness" and calling for a "credible investigation". But he has said repeatedly that he does not want to halt a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia - as some in Congress have said he should - because it would harm the USA economically.

The Saudi stock market lost $33bn (€28bn) of its value yesterday amid investor worries about deteriorating worldwide relations, one of the first signs of the economic pain that Riyadh could suffer over the affair.

Protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, October 5, 2018.

They said there must be a credible investigation to establish the truth and "if relevant" identify those responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance. CNN announced on Friday that it's withdrawn its participation, while the Financial Times said it wouldn't partner with the event while Khashoggi's disappearance remains unexplained. Moreover, the incident has given rise to a myriad of reactions among US Senators, ranging from boycotting an upcoming economic summit to ending support for Saudi military operations.

Already, global business leaders are pulling out of the kingdom's upcoming investment forum, a high-profile event known as "Davos in the Desert", and the sell-off on Riyadh's Tadawul stock exchange showed that investors are uneasy.

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Erdogan and Salman discussed "the issue of shedding light on the case of Jamal Khashoggi" and also emphasised the "importance of creating a joint working group within the framework of the investigation", said a Turkish presidential source, who asked not to be named.

"There's something really awful and disgusting about that, if that was the case, so we're going to have to see", Mr Trump said.

The Washington Post, citing unidentified USA and Turkish officials, reported that Turkey had told US officials it has audio and video recordings that prove Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

"We were going to browse appliances for our new home and meet with our friends and family members over dinner", she wrote.

"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 Georgia.

The kingdom's Government and people are "as glorious and steadfast as ever", it said.

Cengiz said Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia with two suitcases for the U.S. "amid a crackdown on intellectuals and activists who criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman".

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