Fox Business Network Latest To Pull Out Of Saudi Conference

Friday, 19 Oct, 2018

Pompeo stressed that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have important links, including working on countering Iran.

Mnuchin tweeted the decision after meeting with President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who just returned from Saudi Arabia and Turkey to speak with their leadership about what happened to Khashoggi.

Turkish officials have said they believe the journalist, a United States citizen and critic of Saudi rulers, was murdered inside the Saudi consulate building and his body chopped up and removed.

"I can never do business with Saudi Arabia again until we get this behind us", he said this week.

"We deal with people who are bad because sometimes we have to, but these are allies, this shows tremendous disrespect for me and President Trump to put us in this box", Graham said.

It follows an ABC News report citing Turkish sources that the alleged recording was played for Pompeo during meetings with officials in Turkey on Wednesday.

Danny Toma, a retired US foreign service officer, tells OneNewsNow the United States must tread carefully before directing accusing bin Salman. "We continue to seek an interview with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman". According to a Turkish daily newspaper, which claimed it had obtained tapes from the consulate, Khashoggi was tortured and had his fingers cut off during interrogation and then decapitated.

Senior executives of major Western corporations will still attend Saudi Arabia's business forum despite the growing scandal over the disappearance and alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The journalist's disappearance has resulted in global pressure on Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter. "Having said that, I would hope that this case can be cleared up as soon as possible". "We will probably know that by the end of the week", Trump said.

This year's event comes as Saudi Arabia faces intense global pressure following the disappearance and apparent death of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and USA resident who has written critically of the Saudi regime. Trump has speculated without providing evidence that "rogue killers" could be responsible.

On Wednesday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he was postponing a planned trip to Saudi Arabia pending the outcome of the investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, calling the case "extremely worrying. and disturbing". "It's very sad", Trump told journalists when asked if he believed Khashoggi, who disappeared more than two weeks ago, is no longer alive.