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18 October, 2018, 06:32 | Author: Lawrence Cooper
  • Missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi with his fiance Hatice Cengiz

The Swiss foreign ministry has summoned the chargé d'affaires of the Saudi Arabian embassy to express concern over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkey claims to have evidence that Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and columnist for the Washington Post, was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month - an accusation the Saudi government strenuously denies.

Almost two weeks since Jamal Khashoggi vanished in Istanbul, the shadow of the Saudi journalist's disappearance continues to loom ever larger.

"No matter how important they may be to our Iranian strategy", he added, "our ability to be a voice for human rights - and to go after regimes like [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, like [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, like what China does, like what [President Nicolas] Maduro does in Venezuela - all of that is undermined and compromised if we are not willing to confront something as atrocious as what's allegedly happened here".

A pro-government Turkish daily published preliminary evidence last week from investigators who it said had identified a 15-member Saudi intelligence team that arrived in Istanbul on diplomatic passports hours before Khashoggi disappeared.

Still, he was careful to hedge his language - as he has been largely since Khashoggi vanished after the journalist's visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. "We'll wait and see, but rest assured that when the president says we will take actions if we find out bad outcomes, he means it". "It's really only Saudi Arabia at this point".

Mr Masayoshi Son has much at stake in his relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

President Donald Trump has vowed that the United States will get to the bottom of what happened to Khashoggi, and has warned of "severe punishment" if he were found to have been killed in the consulate.

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It's unclear, however, whether Saudi Arabia would be willing to unilaterally cut production.

Saudi Arabia is a key partner for Switzerlandexternal link in the Arab world and the Middle East region.

It's involved in Saudi projects to build a new mega city and the world's largest solar farm.

He also said Mnuchin should skip the Saudi conference.

CNN reported that the Saudis were going to admit the killing had occurred but deny the king or crown prince had ordered it.

Trump said he could not confirm such reports. Trump said he didn't "want to get into (Salman's) mind", but told reporters: "it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers".

"I think we need to continue to evaluate the facts and we'll make that decision", he said.

Turkish officials fear Khashoggi was killed and dismembered. Executivesincluding JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon have pulled out of an investment conference taking place in the kingdom later this month. But Khashoggi's disappearance has led several business leaders and media outlets to back out of the upcoming investment conference in Riyadh called the Future Investment Initiative.

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