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Trump vows ‘severe punishment’ if Saudis discovered to be responsible for journalist’s disappearance

The statements, issued by each country's official news agency, came following accusations against the Kingdom in the case of the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain official documents for his upcoming marriage. Saudi Arabia has denied that.

The Jordanian government also affirmed the Kingdom's central role in consolidating security, stability and peace and enhancing economic cooperation both regionally and globally.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, affirmed the solidarity of the United Arab Emirates with Saudi Arabia against anyone trying to compromise its position and its regional status.

A delegation from Saudi Arabia has arrived in Turkey as part of a joint investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance.

The Florida Republican continued: "With nearly full unanimity across the board, Republicans and Democrats, there will be a very strong congressional response if, in fact, Saudis lured him into that consulate, murdered him, and cut up his body and disposed of it".

The US has been under increasing pressure to demand answers from Saudi Arabia, a long-time US ally in the Middle East, as to Khashoggi's disappearance.

The Saudi stock market plunged seven percent before recovering to a five percent loss for the day after Trump told CBS there would be "severe punishment" if it is determined, as Turkey believes, that Saudi agents killed Khashoggi inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

The journalist had given his phones to his fiancée before entering the consulate.

In a letter, the senators said they had triggered a provision of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act requiring the president to determine whether a foreign person is responsible for a gross human rights violation. The act has in the past imposed visa bans and asset freezes on Russian officials.

What other pressure has there been, and how have the Saudis reacted?

Following Riyadh's assertion it would retaliate against sanctions, Britain, France and Germany released a joint statement saying they were treating Khashoggi's disappearance "with the utmost seriousness".

Writing in the New York Times, Ms Cengiz said her fiancé did not express any fears about going to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to sort out some paperwork ahead of their wedding.

In response to her article, Mr Hunt tweeted: 'From the party whose leader wouldn't even condemn Russian Federation by name after the first ever chemical weapons attack on British soil. we have been robust and will continue to be on this very troubling issue'.

"The rest is history: He never walked out of that building".

Brennan responded, "I would put him, clearly, in the authoritarian, autocratic camp, absolutely".

Reports have claimed that a 15-member Saudi assassination squad killed Khashoggi at the consulate.

He was told to return to the consulate on October 2 to pick up those documents, Cengiz says.

"Today is Jamal's birthday". I tell you want I don't want to do - Boeing, Lockeed, Raytheon, all those - I don't wanna hurt jobs.

"But the president is fully aware of other Saudi crimes, which the United States is fully complicit in, I'm referring to the Saudi support for the Sunni Wahhabi terrorists in Syria", as well as "the genocidal war that Saudi Arabia has conducted in Yemen", added the analyst.

"Tyrants eventually pay for their sins".

John Brennan, the former Central Intelligence Agency director who previously served as a Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Saudi Arabia, said Sunday during an appearance on "Meet the Press" that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has become "emboldened" to be more aggressive by his relationship with Trump and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and a top White House aide.

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