Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

United Kingdom and USA 'could boycott' Saudi conference over missing reporter

When asked about a response to the disappearance of Khashoggi, Sanders suggested a major shift in the USA relationship with Saudi Arabia and pointed to his previous call for the U.S. to separate from the war in Yemen, which he said was "causing a terrible humanitarian disaster".

The Bahraini Foreign Ministry said in a statement, "The Kingdom of Bahrain also commends the high position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as it is considered the basis for security and stability of the Arab and Islamic world".

The country said it was monitoring developments "with concern" and supported Saudi Arabia's efforts to deal with the situation, the statement said.

"None of us know what happened, but we are all extremely concerned about the stories that have emerged, and the country that can help us get to the bottom of this is Saudi Arabia", he added.

The king thanked Erdogan for welcoming a Saudi proposal to form a joint working group to discuss Khashoggi's disappearance and said no one could undermine their relationship.

"The recent disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi suggests that he could be a victim of a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights", almost two dozen senators explained in their letter to the president. Writer Jamal Khashoggi, vanished after he walked into the consulate on October 2.

The Saudis called accusations that they were responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance "baseless".

Since the controversy over Saudi Arabia's involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, who hasn't been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2, a number of top executives, companies and news outlets have dropped out of the summit, an event meant to highlight investment in the country.

Saudi Interior Minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, "stressed that what has been circulating in terms of supposed orders to kill Jamal are outright lies and baseless allegations against the Kingdom's Government, which is committed to its principles, rules and traditions and is in compliance with global laws and conventions".

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Separately, sources inside Saudi Arabia said that any punitive measures directed its way would generate larger counter-measures. The kingdom has called such allegations "baseless" but has not offered any evidence Khashoggi ever left the consulate.

A delegation from Saudi Arabia arrived in Turkey on Friday as part of an investigation into the writer's disappearance.

Obviously, all this was before the Saudis promised it would do "eye for an eye" diplomacy if some sort of action was taken against it for Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2 to obtain official documents for his upcoming marriage.

Saudi Arabia says it rejects any "threats" of sanctions or political pressure from America over the disappearance of a journalist.

USA senators called for reactions ranging from boycotting an upcoming economic summit in Riyadh to ending support for Saudi military operations in Yemen.

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"To go after a permanent resident of the United States who writes for The Washington Post, and doing it on foreign soil, at a diplomatic mission, to me it would be inconceivable. The people who took him from us, irrespective of their political positions, must be held accountable and punished to the full extent of the law", she said.

"It's being investigated, it's being looked at very, very strongly", Trump said.

US lawmakers, for their part, have come out more strongly.

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