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As Global Pressure Intensifies, Saudis Make a Concession

Agree to joint inspection of consulate with Turkey after Jamal Khashoggi disappeared
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2018 6:18 AM CDT
A flag of Saudi Arabia flies behind barb wire on the roof top of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.   (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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(Newser) – With international pressure on Saudi Arabia seeming to intensify by the day, the Saudis have agreed to a joint inspection of their consulate in Istanbul with Turkish officials. The inspection will take place Monday, almost two weeks after journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after entering the facility, reports the AP. The Turks say that a Saudi hit team murdered and dismembered the frequent critic of the regime inside the consulate, while the Saudis say he left unharmed. Over the weekend, President Trump warned of "severe punishment" if the Turkish allegations are true, while the Saudis suggested that they could torpedo the world economy in response to any penalties.

In another sign of the pressure building on Saudi Arabia, JPMorgan chief Jamie Dimon announced that he would not attend the marquis Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh. Other business execs had previously announced they would skip as well, but Dimon is the biggest world financier to pull out, reports the Wall Street Journal. He had been scheduled as a featured speaker. JPMorgan has ties with Saudi Arabia that go back to the 1930s, notes the newspaper. (Read more Jamal Khashoggi stories.)

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