Saudis reject threats amid concern over journalist missing in Turkey

US congressmen seek support for Khashoggi intel release

Saudis reject threats amid concern over journalist missing in Turkey

US President Donald Trump has said Saudi Arabia could face "severe punishment" if it was proven it was involved in Khashoggi's disappearance.

The statement came after Saudi King Salman called President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan late Sunday, thanking him for the recently formed joint Turkish-Saudi working group to investigate the disappearance.

Investors have taken fright, prompting Saudi stocks to tumble by around seven per cent at one point on Sunday, wiping out their gains for 2018. A senior Turkish official earlier told NBC News that Turkey has 100 percent confidence that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate by a 15-member Saudi team that stayed in Turkey for a brief period and then left.

"It's clear, we can not have an ally who murders, in cold blood, in their own consulate, a critic", Sanders said on CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning. "We have conveyed this message directly to the Saudi authorities", the statement added. "The US is the dominant energy player".

Media reports say Khashoggi may have recorded his own death on his Apple Watch.

"He's intending to go because of the importance of the issue of ending terrorist financing", Kudlow said on ABC's "This Week."

The source said the Kingdom's government and its people are steadfast, glorious as ever, no matter whatever the pressures and circumstances might be.

Hatice Cengiz said that if her husband-to-be, who has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, had been murdered, the perpetrators' status must not protect them.

The admonitions of the United States emanating from Saudi Arabia "bring into question the essential pillars that underpin U.S. -Saudi relations", said Kristin Diwan, a scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Turkey may also be reluctant to release audio if it obtained it by bugging the Saudi mission in violation of the Vienna Convention, he said. Russian Federation wanted it, China wanted it, we wanted it. So it is true that arms sales gives us leverage.

Khashoggi was a Washington Post contributor who had written columns critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

However, there is more pressure from the USA - traditionally and ally to Saudi Arabia - which has said it is considering boycotting a major worldwide conference in to be held in the Kingdom later this month.

"You are talking about a geopolitical situation becoming even worse and Saudi Arabia is going to show its stubborn attitude again", Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at Think Markets UK in London, told Bloomberg. The U.S. provides weaponry, intelligence and logistical support for the bombing campaign.

Fairfax Media revealed a year ago Australia had approved four military exports to Saudi Arabia in the previous 12 months, even as the Gulf state stood accused of war crimes in its bombardment of Yemen.

Saudi newspapers have published aggressive front-page headlines, mirroring a statement by the kingdom warning that it won't be threatened amid concerns about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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