Joint statement on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi
Joint statement on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi
Saudis still denying journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder despite reports he recorded torture and death
15 October, 2018, 07:58
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.
The Jordanian government also affirmed the Kingdom's central role in consolidating security, stability and peace and enhancing economic cooperation both regionally and globally.
Khashoggi, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the USA since a year ago to avoid possible arrest, has not been seen since entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and was reported missing by his Turkish fiancee.
Turkish government investigators say they believe Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered within a few hours of entering the building.
This image taken from CCTV video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, October 2, 2018.
Saudi Arabiawarned on Sunday it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed on the oil-rich kingdom over Khashoggi's disappearance, as the Riyadh stock market plunged on growing investor jitters.
By the close, the market had recovered some of its losses, ending down 3.5 percent.
The Saudi delegation, whose composition was not immediately clear, is expected to meet with Turkish officials in Ankara at the weekend, state media said on Friday.
Media minister Jumana Ghunaimat said in a press statement on Sunday that Jordan stands with Saudi Arabia in the face of any targeted rumors and campaigns aimed without relying on facts. Trump said "we would be punishing ourselves" by stopping arms sales to Saudi Arabia because it is a "tremendous order for our companies" and that the Middle Eastern nation would simply purchase its weapons from Russian Federation.
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Flake said if the Saudis did, in fact, kill Khashoggi, Congress might specifically curtail US military aid to Saudi-led forces in Yemen.
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Salman also affirmed the kingdom's "solid" ties with Turkey, saying no one could undermine the relationship between the two countries, the Saudi foreign ministry said. "We want their children, women, and even their men to shiver whenever the name of Saudi Arabia is mentioned".
Saudi Arabia has said it had nothing to do with Khashoggi's disappearance, without explaining or offering evidence of how the writer left the consulate and disappeared into Istanbul with his fiancée waiting outside.
In protest of Khashoggi's disappearance, several USA businesses leaders have pulled out of next week's Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, dubbed "Davos in the Desert", after the annual meeting of world economic interests in Switzerland.
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