Saudi ambassador applauds Swiss foreign ministry statement regarding Khashoggi

Saudi ambassador applauds Swiss foreign ministry statement regarding Khashoggi

Khashoggi is a Saudi citizen and critic of the government who vanished on October 2 after entering the consulate, triggering a major diplomatic crisis for the kingdom. Branson also said that in the light of what has reportedly happened in Turkey with respect to the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi many businesses' ability to do business with the Saudis would be changed if the reports turned out to be true.

"The kingdom also affirms that if it is [targeted by] any action, it will respond with greater action".

Earlier, United States President Donald Trump had threatened of "severe punishment" for the Gulf country if there has indeed been any Saudi hand in the scribe's disappearance.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has said officials will conduct an "inspection" of the consulate on Monday afternoon as it investigates Khashoggi's disappearance.

Florida Republican Marco Rubio tells CNN's "State of the Union" that he doesn't think any USA government officials "should be going and pretending as it's business as usual, until we know exactly what's happened here".

Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, vanished on 2 October after visiting its consulate in Istanbul. In an interview with "60 Minutes" airing Sunday, President Trump warned of "severe punishment" for the Saudi kingdom if it was behind the disappearance.

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs expressed deep concern for Mr Khashoggi. Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the mission and claims have been leaked to media that he was tortured and even dismembered. The kingdom has called the allegations "baseless" but has offered no evidence the writer left the consulate. The market clawed back some of the losses, trading down over 4 percent later on.

Still, regional traders said speculation the Khashoggi case might deter some inflows of foreign investment - and that a backlash in the US Congress could lead to US sanctions against some Saudi individuals - had triggered panic selling of stocks by some local investors.

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In the clip CBS released ahead of Sunday's broadcast, Trump said his son-in-law Jared Kushner spoke with the crown prince, who repeatedly denied having anything to do with Khashoggi's disappearance.

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"We would be very upset and angry if that were the case", Trump added.

Saudi Arabia has been pumping more oil into global markets to make up for a shortfall created by Trump's decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran.

According to Rubio, the USA rightly condemns corrupt leaders like Vladimir Putin in Russia, Bashar Assad in Syria and Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela and should absolutely condemn the Saudi regime if the allegation is proven true - regardless of whether we are foes or allies.

But on Sunday Saudi Arabia said it rejected political and economic "threats" over the missing journalist and would respond to any punitive action "with a bigger one".

Rubio said the relationship with Saudi Arabia extends far beyond arms sales, calling the kingdom an important part of the USA strategy in the Middle East.