Since the controversy over Saudi Arabia's involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, who hasn't been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2, a number of top executives, companies and news outlets have dropped out of the summit, an event meant to highlight investment in the country.
Mediaite reports the CNN claim is that the Middle East nation is preparing a report that will admit Khashoggi's death. Although officials agreed to the investigation, Whitson said that the message from the Saudi government is clear. In an apparent response to Trump's comments, a Saudi official said if any moves were taken against the kingdom "it will respond with greater action".
President Trump said Monday that the Saudi king strongly denied his government's involvement in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying the king suggested it could have been "rogue killers".
The proposed search of the consulate on Monday followed a phone call between Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during which the two leaders stressed the importance of a joint investigation.
The problem with that is that there's been already a lot of questions about Mohammed bin Salman. The members arrived by unmarked police cars but said nothing to journalists waiting outside as they entered the building. But he said the royal court would soon put out a narrative that an official within the kingdom's intelligence services - who happened to be a friend of Prince Mohammed - had carried out the killing.
The Canadian government's diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia have been tense for months after Freeland issued a statement expressing alarm over the arrests of two women's rights activists this summer.
Turkish sources have said they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the building and his body removed, allegations that Riyadh dismisses as baseless.
Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documents to marry his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.
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Aldakhil pointed out that due the economic muscle of Saudi Arabia, which is the destination of ten per cent of the weapons manufactured in the United States and is one of the top 20 economies, Riyadh will have as many as 30 different options "without flinching an eye if sanctions are imposed on it".
A Saudi delegation had entered the consulate one hour before the Turkish police arrived and appeared still to be inside as the search was conducted.
In a major new blow for the event, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and Ford chairman Bill Ford also cancelled plans to attend as well as Larry Fink, the head of investment giant BlackRock, and Steve Schwarzman of Blackstone.
Saudi Arabia's Arab allies have rushed to its support.
The kingdom seems to be taking on each challenge one by one, beginning with Turkey where the macabre incident took place.
The recordings purportedly indicated that the prominent Saudi journalist was tortured and killed at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, according to the Turkish Sabah daily.