Trump against cancelling $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia

Tonya Becker
October 15, 2018

United States president Donald Trump warned on Saturday of "severe punishment" for Saudi if it did murder Khashoggi.

The source said that the Kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action.

Turkish officials said they believe that Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist and critic of Saudi Arabia, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to the Post.

Turkish sources have told Reuters the initial assessment of the police was that Khashoggi was deliberately killed inside the consulate. The kingdom has called such allegations "baseless" but has not offered any evidence Mr Khashoggi ever left the consulate.

As investors took fright, Saudi stocks tumbled by around 7% at one point on Sunday, wiping out their gains for 2018.

Mr Aldakhil added that Saudi arms purchases from the U.S. and other trade could be at risk as well.

Mr Trump said: "They are ordering military equipment".

Saudi Arabia denied allegations regarding the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Interior Minister said late on Friday.

Turkey said on Thursday it had accepted a proposal from Saudi Arabia to cooperate on the investigation.

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to call King Salman soon as questions mount about the disappearance of the Saudi journalist.

Trump said on Saturday his administration won a $110 billion military order from Saudi Arabia and that the deal, combined with Saudi commitments to invest heavily in the United States, was worth hundreds of thousands of USA jobs.

Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post, has not been seen since he walked of the Saudi consulate on Oct 2. He says if the kingdom doesn't buy its weaponry from the United States, they will buy it from Russian Federation.

A Saudi national and legal resident of the United States, Khashoggi disappeared after he was seen entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.

At the same time, Trump also asserts that he doesn't want to halt a planned sale of arms and military equipment to the Saudis because of the impact on USA manufacturers.

Amnesty International demanded the Saudi authorities reveal what happened to Khashoggi as it said Riyadh was "responsible at a minimum for enforced disappearance". That scrutiny now threatens to fray foreign business ties with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, which is closely associated with Salman.

"I think we would've known by now".

In protest of Khashoggi's disappearance, several US businesses leaders have pulled out of next week's Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, dubbed "Davos in the Desert", after the annual meeting of world economic interests in Switzerland.

"I do think that arms sales will be effected", the senator said, referring to US weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

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