Macron Suspends Political Visits To Saudi Arabia As Khashoggi Backlash Intensifies

Macron Suspends Political Visits To Saudi Arabia As Khashoggi Backlash Intensifies

The confab hosted by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has seen a slew of its committed participants withdraw amid the ongoing controversy over the disappearance and apparent murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But Trump's willingness to give the Saudis more time to investigate the matter - at the behest of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, even as US intelligence agencies and global leaders say Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is behind Khashoggi's October 2 disappearance - complicates the growing crisis with the U.S.'s uneasy ally.

House Democratic Whip Steny H Hoyer said the reported death of Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi officials is appalling, as is the Trump Administration's failure to hold the government of Saudi Arabia accountable for its actions.

"We are waiting for some investigations, and waiting for the results".

A Turkish official said Friday that investigators are looking into the possibility that Khashoggi's remains may have been taken to a forest in the outskirts of Istanbul or to another city - if and after he was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

France doesn't, however, appear to be making any changes to its arms deals with Saudi Arabia.

"I've seen no tape".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was sent to Riyadh on Tuesday, according to the administration, to press the Saudi leadership to get to the bottom of the case.

A Turkish forensic officer arrives at the Saudi consulate to conduct a new search over the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, in Istanbul, early Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

Khashoggi hasn't been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

A close friend of Khashoggi, Turan Kislakci, told ABC News in an interview on Wednesday that Turkish government and security officials had told him that Khashoggi was dead.

Referring to the Saudis, Pompeo said he told Trump that when the Saudi investigation was completed "we can make decisions about how - or if - the United States should respond to the incident surrounding Mr. Khashoggi". He said last week that it would be a "tough pill to swallow" to cease the sales over Khashoggi, contending that such a move would hurt the United States economy.

David Stockman, the former budget director for President Ronald Reagan, is warning that stocks would take a nosedive if the USA imposes sanctions against Saudi Arabia.

'Friends, loved ones, I'm going to go out on a limb and say, that's a casket.

Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative, dubbed "Davos in the Desert", will be missing numerous major players after several world leaders and top business executives have decided not to attend.

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