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  2. Patzcuaro

     /  October 14, 2018
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  3. Gezza

     /  October 15, 2018

    Khashoggi murder problem

    Aljaeera update summary:

    (Their) Sunday, October 14
    Britain to determine course of action if Saudi proven guilty:
    The UK’s foreign minister said Britain would have to think about the appropriate response if it were proven that Saudi Arabia was behind the disappearance of Khashoggi.

    “I don’t want to get draw into hypotheticals because we don’t know the facts yet, but we have been very, very clear that if these stories are true, that would be totally appalling and we would have to think about the appropriate way to react in that situation,” Hunt told British television.

    Saudi thanks US for showing caution in Khashoggi case:
    Saudi Arabia thanked countries, including the United States, for “refraining from jumping to conclusions” over the fate of the missing journalist.

    The embassy in Washington issued a tweet to clarify an earlier statement in which Saudi Arabia said it would retaliate to international pressure or sanctions with greater measures.

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    Saudi Embassy
    Tweet:
    @SaudiEmbassyUSA
    To help clarify recently issued Saudi statement, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia extends it appreciation to all, including the US administration, for refraining from jumping to conclusions on the ongoing investigation.

    SPAENG

    @Spa_Eng
    Official Source: KSA confirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it.http://www.spa.gov.sa/1827989 #SPAGOV
    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    UK, France, Germany call for ‘credible investigation’:
    The United Kingdom, France and Germany have called on Saudi Arabia and Turkey to mount a “credible investigation” into the disappearance of Khashoggi, adding they were treating the case with “utmost seriousness”.

    “There needs to be a credible investigation to establish the truth about what happened, and – if relevant – to identify those bearing responsibility for the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, and ensure that they are held to account,” foreign ministers from the three countries said in a joint statement.

    “We encourage joint Saudi-Turkish efforts in that regard, and expect the Saudi Government to provide a complete and detailed response. We have conveyed this message directly to the Saudi authorities.”

    US Treasury Secretary to attend upcoming Saudi summit:
    Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is still planning to attend the three-day Future Investment Initiative scheduled to take place on October 23, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on ABC’s “This Week.”

    “Mr. Mnuchin will make up his mind as the week progresses and as new information surfaces,” Kudlow said.

    His comments came shortly after Florida Senator Marco Rubio told CNN’s “State of the Union” he believes Mnuchin should boycott the event.
    . . .
    Senator Rubio: ‘US must take action’:
    Republican Senator Marco Rubio said the US had to react in response to Khashoggi’s disappearance or face losing its reputation on human rights.

    “If we do not take action, including potentially arms sales, as a result of this, if it turns out to be what they say it is, then we are not going to be able to with a straight face or any credibility confront Putin or Assad or Maduro in Venezuela or frankly confront the Chinese and their human rights violations,” Rubio said on Sunday in an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation.

    Saudi Arabia vows retaliation against possible sanctions:
    Riyadh dismissed threats of sanctions over the disappearance of Khashoggi and vowed Saudi Arabia would retaliate against such action.

    “The kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats or attempts to undermine it whether through threats to impose economic sanctions or the use of political pressure,” an official source said, quoted by state news agency SPA.

    “The kingdom also affirms that it will respond to any action with a bigger one,” the source said.

    Saudi stocks tumble as pressure mounts:
    Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI) lost more than 500 points on the first trading day of the week on Sunday, wiping out all the gains it had made since the start of the year.

    TASI is the largest Arab bourse and has shed almost $50bn of its capital value, dropping to $450bn.

    Both economic and political factors caused the drop. The US has raised interest rates and Trump’s attacks on the Federal Reserve, fueling market concerns.

    Global uncertainty surrounding Khashoggi’s disappearance has also contributed to the dive, Mohammed Zidan, market strategist at Thinkmarket in Dubai, told AFP.

    Investors, journalists and politicians have announced plans to boycott Saudi an important investment conference.

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