Saudi Human Rights Abuses Come Into Focus for U.S. Business Leaders

Posted October 19, 2018

"Per two sources who spoke to CNN, however, the Saudis are preparing a report admitting that they meant to abduct and bring Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, but that he was inadvertently killed in the process".

"I asked the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to immediately get on a plane, go to Saudi Arabia, go to other places if necessary which he probably will, with regards to this", Trump told reporters while leaving the White House Monday en-route to hurricane ravaged Florida and Georgia. "We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment".

Rubio told host Jake Tapper though Trump hasn't been publicly adamant about his plan for retaliation, the U.S. cannot continue "business as usual" and any response "can't be symbolic".

"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", Trump said at a news conference on Saturday.

"I think one of the strong things that we can do is not only stop military sales, not only put sanctions on Saudi Arabia, but most importantly, get out of this awful, bad war in Yemen led by the Saudis", Sen.

Sen. Graham: Saudi crown prince 'has got to go' after Khashoggi's disappearance
Pompeo was to have a dinner Tuesday night with Prince Mohammed and was expected to fly to Turkey on Wednesday. The consul, Mohammad al-Otaibi, left Turkey on a commercial flight bound for Saudi Arabia earlier on Tuesday.

He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer.

Meanwhile, Turkey's foreign ministry has said the consulate at the centre of the mystery was due to be examined by Saudi and Turkish officials.

Saudi Arabia is considering an admission that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died during an interrogation that went wrong, U.S. media reported yesterday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud spoke on the phone about the issue on Sunday evening.

Mr Khashoggi disappeared early this month from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he had gone to collect a document for marrying his Turkish fiancee. He said Pakistan has close and fraternal relationship with both Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

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The drop in the Tadawul exchange in Riyadh happened Sunday, the first day of trading. The kingdom also warned of retaliation if there was any punitive action against it.

On Sunday, the oil-rich kingdom suggested retaliation if the US were to impose strict measures. Although officials agreed to the investigation, Whitson said that the message from the Saudi government is clear.

Khashoggi, who writes for the Washington Post's global opinion section, came to be known as a sharp critic of the Saudi Arabian government. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in an interview last week that "there will be hell to pay" if its determined that Saudi Arabia is involved.

Speaking on Monday about the potential cost for Saudi Arabia, Trump only told the media that "the world is watching".

The worldwide community has been near unanimous in demanding Riyadh provide clear answers over Mr Khashoggi's case.

Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside the consulate, says she did not see him re-emerge.

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Asked if he would give Ramsey a new deal in the circumstances, Wenger replied: 'We tried that before and it still can happen'. But Ramsey announced that his intention of staying at the club until the season ends.

Jordan went on to suggest it's "quite possible" King Salman didn't know of Khashoggi's attack.