Saudi Arabia vows response if Khashoggi case triggers sanctions

Companies cut ties with Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance

The statement also also said whoever was responsible for the disappearance of Khashoggi must be held to account.

FILE - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman waves as he meets with a visiting official in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2017.

Saudi Arabia has dismissed as "lies" allegations that it ordered his killing.

Davis commented on Poole's tweet, claiming Iranian influence over the media's reporting on Khashoggi in order to damage US-Saudi ties.

"And there will be severe punishment", he said, while indicating that halting big military contracts with Saudi Arabia was not among the sanctions.

Cengiz said she and the journalist would have been married this week and had planned a life together split between Istanbul and the United States, where Khashoggi had been living in self-imposed exile since previous year.

The Islamic Cooperation Organization (OIC) lauded the Turkish-Saudi step of forming a joint working group bringing together specialists from both countries to uncover the circumstances of the disappearance of Khashoggi in Istanbul.

Donald Trump has rejected halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Britain, France and Germany told Saudi Arabia they were treating the case with "the utmost seriousness".

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International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Saturday she was "horrified" by reports about the fate of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi but still plans to attend an economic meeting in Riyadh this month.

"You can hear his voice and the voices of the men speaking Arabic", a separate source told the Post, which employed Mr Khashoggi as a contributing columnist.

But Trump signaled that cutting off U.S. military sales to the kingdom may not be an option, saying, "I don't want to hurt jobs".

He says "there are other ways of punishing". Khashoggi's Turkish fiancée called police when he did not emerge from the consulate after several hours.

She added: "He left Saudi Arabia because it was the only way he could write and speak about issues and ideas that he cared about, and to work without compromising his dignity".

Turkish officials have not answered queries from The Associated Press about Khashoggi's Apple Watch. The kingdom has called the allegations "baseless", but has offered no evidence the writer ever left the consulate.

President Donald Trump has declared the USA will uncover the truth about what happened to journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi, whose possible murder at Saudi hands after disappearing in Istanbul has captured worldwide attention.

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.

Turkish officials have said they believe he was murdered there.

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