Endeavor Considers Withdrawing From Saudi Arabia Deal

Mr Trump says "rogue killers" could be responsible for his disappearance because the Saudi ruler King Salman has denied knowing what happened.

Over the weekend, US President Donald Trump vowed "severe punishment" if it were proven that Saudi Arabia killed Khashoggi, and sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the kingdom on Monday to discuss the incident.

Turkey believes that he was murdered and dismembered inside the building by a 15-person Saudi team which entered and left the country on the same day. "Who knows?" Trump told reporters at the White House.

"Secretary Mnuchin should immediately cancel his upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia and after a two year delay, the Trump Administration should finally nominate a U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia".

The statement said the Saudi government "also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action", noting that its economy, as the world's biggest oil exporter, "has an influential and vital role in the global economy".

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is still scheduled to attend the October 23 Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Fox News.

The Turkish team included a prosecutor, a deputy prosecutor, anti-terror police and forensic experts, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Khashoggi's alleged murder at the hands of Saudi operatives - something the kingdom has vehemently denied - is just the latest in a series of events raising the temperature of the kingdom's diplomatic relationship with many Western nations.

Saudi Arabia has launched an internal investigation into the episode after an instruction from King Salman, father of the crown prince, Mohamed bin Salman.

A security personnel stands at the entrance of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.

In this February 1, 2015, file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain.

Saudi media followed on from that statement in television broadcasts and newspaper front pages Monday. The CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, along with several other Wall Street top brass such as Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford have pulled out of the kingdom's Future Investment Initiative conference.

Meanwhile, more leading business figures say they will not attend a major investment conference in Riyadh later this month.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia had not cooperated in the investigation, despite proposing to create the joint working group with Turkish authorities.

Khashoggi wrote for The Washington Post opinion pages.

In a sign of possible tactical tensions within the kingdom, Saudi officials threatened reprisals against any country that imposes sanctions on Riyadh. UAE businessman Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor urged a boycott of Virgin, which has suspended discussions with PIF over a planned $1 billion investment.

  • Rogelio Becker