Saudi King Salman thanks Erdoğan for joint working group on Khashoggi

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

It began with a mysterious disappearance: Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian citizen and USA resident, went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, 12 days ago.

Speaking with reporters at the White House later, Trump reiterated that there would be "very powerful" repercussions for Saudi Arabia should the United States determine that the kingdom is responsible for the death of Khashoggi, who wrote for the Post's Global Opinions section. Turkey's government believes he was deliberately killed inside the building and his body removed.

He, however, said that he is against cancelling the $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia because of this.

In a new turn of events on Sunday, Saudi Arabia warned it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed on it over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, as the Riyadh stock market suffered its worst plunge in years. It comes as one of the first signs of the economic pain that Riyadh could suffer over the suspected murder.

The statement was made amid Turkish media speculation that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman allegedly sought to bring Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia and detain him there.

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Foreign capital is key to those plans.

Business barons, including British billionaire Richard Branson and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, as well as media powerhouses like Bloomberg and CNN, have pulled out of next week's Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, dubbed "Davos in the desert".

Cengiz also didn't just call for an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, she urged for the responsible party, "irrespective of their political positions", to be punished.

FILE - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman waves as he meets with a visiting official in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2017.

It was unclear what specific measures, if any, Trump is considering against Saudi Arabia, which is the world's largest oil exporter, and one of his top allies.

Khashoggi, whose 60th birthday was Saturday, went to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent neighborhood on September 28 seeking documents so he could be married to his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.

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However, Trump in the same interview said: "As of this moment, they deny it and they deny it vehemently".

He said that allegations about orders to murder Khashoggi were "lies" targeting the government, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

"There's something really awful and disgusting about that, if that was the case, so we're going to have to see", Trump said. Trump added in excerpts of the "60 Minutes" interview that will air on Sunday "we would be very upset and angry if that were the case".

Mr Trump said: "They are ordering military equipment".

The Saudi dissent vanished after entering the Gulf kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey 12 days ago. Unless we hear anything officially from WWE, we should assume that the event will still be taking place live in Saudi Arabia on November 2nd, but with the event currently unfolding, you'd have to think that, at least right now, that isn't a complete certainty.

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The Post quoted a Turkish official as saying authorities suspect a 15-member team killed the journalist at the consulate. The Turkish newspaper also published the names, faces, and years of birth of each of the 15 intelligence team members.

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