Saudis reject threats amid concern over writer

US 'punished' if Saudi arms sale halted over Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia rejects threats to undermine Kingdom

Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, and fears have grown that he has been killed.

Khashoggi, a Saudi critic of the regime, hasn't been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to pick up a document for his upcoming wedding.

The Republic of Yemen affirmed its stance and full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against all those who attempt to undermine it, declaring its total rejection of any attempt to breach the sovereignty and position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Trump said that he had invited Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, to visit him at the White House and that his staff was working out arrangements with her.

However, Turki Aldakhil, the head of Saudi Arabia's state-owned broadcaster, said the world's largest oil producer is considering a cut to its 7.5million barrels a day production rate as one of 30 possible measures against U.S. sanctions. "The United States is the dominant energy player so we're in pretty good shape, in my opinion, with our energy boom to cover any shortfalls".

Until this weekend, President Trump's was taking heat for suggesting his primary concern was keeping USA arms sales to the Kingdom intact.

President Donald Trump said that country could face "severe punishment" if Khashoggi, a legal resident of the us, was killed inside the consulate.

An MBS-backed media conference later this month in the kingdom has been devastated by high-profile sponsor and speaker dropouts in the wake of the Khashoggi incident, and President Trump this weekend threatened consequences if Khashoggi's disappearance and presumed murder is tied to the Saudis. Russian Federation wanted it, China wanted it, we wanted it.

Rubio said Mnuchin should not attend the Riyadh conference. "Arms sales are important not because of the money but because it also provides leverage over their future behavior".

Saudi Interior Minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, "stressed that what has been circulating in terms of supposed orders to kill Jamal are outright lies and baseless allegations against the Kingdom's Government, which is committed to its principles, rules and traditions and is in compliance with global laws and conventions". Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of Gulf states in a military campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. The U.S. has called for an investigation. "I think it is just beyond reality".

Kudlow on "This Week" underscored Trump's saying that the U.S.is being "very tough" in its investigation of what happened to Khashoggi, who has recently been living in the US and who went into the consulate for documents he needed to get married. The writer had been living in self-exile in Virginia for the past year.

Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Counselor Ahmed Hafez, said Egypt is following with concern the repercussions of the case of Khashoggi, and stressed the importance of revealing the truth of the matter through a transparent investigation, while emphasizing the gravity of pre-empting investigations and directing groundless accusations.

Turkish sources claim he was killed by a hit squad of Saudi agents.

When asked if he would impose sanctions on the Saudis, he said it "depends on what the sanction is".

"Well, there are many things we can do. There's a big list".

Former foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind called on Britain to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia.

"There's been a hold for a long time", Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, of Tennessee, told CNN.

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