Saudi Arabia vows retaliation against punitive measures

Saudi Arabia vows retaliation against punitive measures

Saudi Arabia dismissed on Saturday accusations that Jamal Khashoggi was ordered murdered by a hit squad inside its Istanbul consulate as "lies and baseless allegations", as Riyadh and Ankara spar over the missing journalist's fate.

Quoting an official source, SPA reported that Saudi Arabia would retaliate and respond to any measure against it with bigger measures.

The Jordanian government also affirmed the Kingdom's central role in consolidating security, stability and peace and enhancing economic cooperation both regionally and globally.

Turkish officials say they fear a team of Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi, and they have released surveillance footage of the alleged perpetrators and mysterious movements outside the consulate on October 2, the day he entered.

Cengiz wrote in the New York Times on Saturday: "In recent days, I saw reports about President Trump wanting to invite me to the White House".

Saudi Arabia denies any involvement in his disappearance.

"President Trump is simply playing games at this point, he knows very well, his intelligence people know very well that the Saudis are behind Khashoggi's abduction and probable assassination", Mark Dankof, a former US Senate candidate, told Press TV on Saturday.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the kingdom, is pushing for Saudi Arabia to become a destination for foreign investment. "The Saudi Arabia government has been asked, the ambassador has been asked directly to bring information back".

Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has invited self-exiled former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, who is now living in the United Kingdom after being granted political asylum there, to Saudi Arabia.

Rubio said the arms deal may provide leverage in responding to the situation but it should not deter potential punishment.




A man speaks on the phone outside the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 13, 2018.

In disgust over Khashoggi's disappearance, some business leaders have pulled out of an investment conference later this month in Saudi Arabia.

On Thursday, Trump had said USA relations with Saudi Arabia were "excellent" and that he doesn't want to scuttle highly lucrative arms deals with Riyadh.

The new development came after Trump said in a rally speech in Richmond, Kentucky, on Sunday that the United States would be "punishing itself" if it halted weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

"We're gong to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment".

The index had already dropped 3.0 percent on Thursday, following a rout on world stock markets fuelled by worries about higher interest rates and US President Donald Trump's attacks on the Federal Reserve. "Nobody has ever seen anything like it", he said.

Khashoggi disappeared over a week ago while on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, sparking an global uproar involving the Kingdom, Turkey and the United States that remains unresolved.

Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a roundup of activists and businessmen.

The UAE, Oman, Jordan, Palestine and Yemen also expressed their full solidarity with Saudi Arabia.

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