Saudi Arabia told to investigate disappearance of missing journalist

Congress and Western allies demand answers on fate of journalist as Saudi Arabia balks

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Arabia is reportedly ready to concede that a missing Saudi writer was killed in its consulate in Istanbul during a botched interrogation, CNN reported Monday.

There was also a suggestion they had meant to abduct Khashoggi and take him to Saudi Arabia.

One source cautioned that the report was still being prepared and could change, CNN said.

One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible.

A coming report from Saudi Arabia will admit that Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and Saudi citizen who disappeared while at the nation's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, earlier this month, died in an "interrogation gone wrong", a report said.

Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed, a claim Saudi Arabia denies.

On Monday, Reuters news agency reported that the top executives of three American private equity firms, Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone; Larry Fink of BlackRock; and Stephen Pagliuca of Bain Capital are pulling out of the summit.

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Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations.

SAUDI KING THANKS PRESIDENT ERDOĞANA delegation of Saudi officials sent to Turkey to join their Turkish counterparts to find out what happened to Khashoggi spent hours at Istanbul Police Department Headquarters on Vatan Boulevard.

JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon has cancelled plans to attend an investment conference in Riyadh amid growing tensions between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

It is feared that a Saudi hit team killed and dismembered Khashoggi, who wrote critically about Mohammed bin Salman.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said she told her Saudi counterpart Monday that she wants to see a "thorough and transparent" investigation into Khashoggi's fate.

King Salman ordered the public prosecutor to open an internal investigation into the Khashoggi case, a Saudi official said.

"Saudi Arabia is the biggest economy of the region, and the current reform plans rely on opening it further to private investment", said Karen Young, a political economist who studies the Gulf states.

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The crown prince, also known as MBS, has aggressively pitched the kingdom as a destination for foreign investment.

The family of missing activist Jamal Khashoggi said Monday they're following the news of the writer, who disappeared in Saudi Arabia on October 2.

Alphabet Inc's Google on October 15 became the latest company to say it would boycott the Future Investment Initiative Summit scheduled to be held in Riyadh starting October 23.

It was unclear if the boycott call was aimed at users of Uber's service or investors in the company, or both, and whether Bahrain is planning other measures against the company. Prince Mohammed told Reuters a year ago that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom.

Khashoggi, a familiar face on Arab talk shows, moved to the United States previous year fearing retribution for his criticism of Prince Mohammed, who has cracked down on dissent with arrests.

The organiser insisted the conference would go ahead, with more than 150 speakers confirmed. Executive Chairman Bill Ford.

The issue has strained Saudi Arabia's ties with its closest Western allies.

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