Saudis reject threats amid concern over journalist missing in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks in Ankara on 2 October 2018

A protestor holds a picture of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate, on October 5, 2018 in Istanbul.

Turkish officials had previously claimed that their Saudi counterparts carried out Khashoggi's kidnapping and murder.

Reuters reported, citing a company statement, that the largest bank in the United States did not clarify whether Dimon's decision was directly affected by the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi regime, has been missing since he entered the country's consulate in Turkey on 2 October. Saudi officials assert without providing proof that he left the embassy, but Turkish officials believe he may have been murdered inside the consulate by Saudi agents.

President Donald Trump has declared the USA will uncover the truth about what happened to journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi, whose possible murder at Saudi hands after disappearing in Istanbul has captured worldwide attention.

In a joint statement, the nations called for a "complete and detailed response" from Saudi Arabia. American lawmakers have threatened tough punitive action against the Saudis, and Germany, France and Britain jointly called for a "credible investigation" into Khashoggi's disappearance.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has aggressively pitched the kingdom as a destination for foreign investment. There's something really awful and disgusting about that if that were the case.

On Sunday, the Saudi government hit back against criticism, threatening to "respond with greater action" in the face of impending sanctions.

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Saudi Arabia has rejected any "threats" of economic sanctions or political pressure from the global community over the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a report from state news agency SPA.

"If we have already lost Jamal, then condemnation is not enough", she wrote in a piece for the New York Times.

He said any response to Khashoggi's killing "needs to be strong, not symbolic", including the possibility of cutting off US weapons sales to Riyadh, or it would undermine the U.S.'s moral standing in the world.

MBS has been "emboldened" by the relationship with President Donald Trump and adviser Jared Kushner, who have given MBS "increased confident" to act, according to Brennan. They include the CEO of Uber, a company in which Saudi Arabia has invested billions of dollars; billionaire Richard Branson; JPMorgan Chase & Co.

"I think we'd be punishing ourselves if we did that", he said. Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, said King Salman thanked Erdogan "for welcoming the kingdom's proposal" for forming the working group.

The Washington Post reported in recent days that the Turkish government informed USA officials it was in possession of video recordings that prove Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, but have not made them public.

Trump made a point of visiting the kingdom on his first overseas trip as president and has touted arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

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