Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Endeavor Considers Withdrawing From Saudi Arabia Deal

Endeavor Considers Withdrawing From Saudi Arabia Deal

Media captionCCTV footage shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. And questions continue to swirl about his disappearance. Trump announced he'd dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the kingdom - and anywhere else necessary - to get to the bottom of the apparent demise of Khashoggi, a Saudi who had been living and working in the United States.

President Donald Trump suggested Monday that "rogue killers" could be responsible for the mysterious disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an explanation offering usa ally Saudi Arabia a possible path out of a global diplomatic firestorm.

But Trump had a theory. "But his was a flat denial".

Saudi media on Monday echoed the kingdom's hard-line threat of retaliation for any sanctions over the disappearance and alleged death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, as demands grew for boycotts of the same global brands once courted by the kingdom.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his counterparts from France and Germany, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas, said they have "grave concerns" about the situation. The Saudis continued to deny they killed the writer, but there were indications the story could soon change. Could it be them?

Donald Trump also said he had spoken with the king about Khashoggi, who disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

On that same day 15 other Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the building while Khashoggi was also inside, Turkish police sources said.

Mr Trump has said Saudi Arabia could face "severe punishment" if it was proven it was involved in Khashoggi's disappearance. The President said that Cengiz wrote "a attractive letter" to him and first lady Melania Trump and that they would welcome her. "It would not be acceptable to me", Trump said. "From the standpoint of jobs, economic development, a lot of other reasons, I would like to do something where we could maybe look at other things [than canceling the deal]".

He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate on October 2. It was unclear whether there would be much of anything to investigate forensically, given that so much time has passed since Khashoggi was last seen.

"We are continuing to emphasize a virtual collapse in the NYMEX gasoline crack spreads as a bearish consideration to the crude markets that provided a significant offset to the weekend Saudi headlines in today's trade", Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates, said in a note.

Cable news outlet CNN quotes unnamed sources saying Saudi Arabia is preparing to admit that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died during an interrogation which was carried out without clearance at the consulate building in Istanbul.

Since self-exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul this month and vanished, his case has sparked worldwide intrigue and outrage and put leaders of his homeland on the defensive.

Many members of the US Congress, which has long had a testy relationship with Saudi Arabia, have issued strong criticism of the kingdom over the case.

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