Conflicting Saudi, Turkish claims on Jamal Khashoggi whereabouts

Conflicting Saudi, Turkish claims on Jamal Khashoggi whereabouts

Conflicting Saudi, Turkish claims on Jamal Khashoggi whereabouts

Khashoggi, a former government adviser who went into self-imposed exile in the U.S. previous year to avoid possible arrest, has been critical of some of the policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen.

'Well, you know, you have to accept that any friend will say good things and bad things. In fact, President Trump chose to visit Saudi Arabia for his maiden global trip as president past year. We believe a positive outcome will emerge.

Saudi Arabia's crown prince insisted the stalled plan to sell shares in oil giant Aramco will go ahead, promising an initial public offering by 2021 and sticking to his ambitious view the state-run company is worth $2 trillion or more, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

His disappearance could exacerbate tense relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, which worsened a year ago after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the Gulf States' isolation of Qatar "inhumane and against Islamic values". "I can't even guess how such a thing can happen to him", his fiancée told The Associated Press. "We would not put, as PIF, another $45 billion if we didn't see huge income in the first year with the first $45 billion", the prince said.

That's the approach the Washington Post took today, as the USA newspaper left a blank slate on its Opinion page to draw attention to the disappearance of Saudi journalist and Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. Riyadh, however, is aspiring to perform a triple balancing act, appeasing U.S. President Trump and adhering firmly to its vision of creating a grand OPEC+ crude oil producers' alliance with Russian Federation, whilst simultaneously keeping crude prices at a level which is sustainable for its economy. So we export as much as two barrels for any barrel that disappeared from Iran recently. So, we did our job and more.

Saudi Arabia is the world's top oil exporter and OPEC's de-facto leader.

On being asked about controlling the oil prices, the crown prince said the Kingdom has never decided that this is the right or wrong oil price.

The Saudi crown prince revealed that negotiations are underway "with investors. But I said King - we're protecting you - you might not be there for two weeks without us - you have to pay for your military".

President Donald Trump led administration shares a very friendly connection with Saudi Arabia. "It's mostly because of things happening in Canada and Mexico, Libya, Venezuela and other countries".

"We have spare capacity of 1.3 million without any investment".

The US state department has also requested information about Khashoggi's whereabouts and expressed concern about his safety.

He added in the interview that: "We are pushing that the majority of these companies when they move to the private sector, most of them will be IPO-ed".

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