Saudi journalist feared murdered at Istanbul consulate

Saudi journalist feared murdered at Istanbul consulate

Saudi journalist feared murdered at Istanbul consulate

Riyadh/London - Saudi Arabia's crown prince maintains 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 that the state-run company is worth $2-trillion or more. Trump told a campaign rally in MS on Tuesday.

Turkish officials say they have concrete evidence he was killed, but none has been presented yet.

Prince Salman's interview came a day after Trump told a crowd of supporters at a rally in Southaven, Mississippi, that Saudi King Salman would not last in power unless the U.S. provided military support for the kingdom.

When asked about the matter, the crown prince told Bloomberg that the kingdom had existed for 30 more years than the United States, after being founded in 1744. She is also a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation and the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.

Trump has heaped particular pressure on Saudi Arabia, the world's top exporter of crude, to do more to ease prices, by linking the American military presence in the Persian Gulf to the kingdom's oil-production policy.

Khashoggi has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since past year to avoid possible arrest, after criticising Prince Salman and the intervention in Yemen. "You know, you have to accept that any friend will say good things and bad things", he said. The kingdom demanded an apology from Canada to end a dispute over human rights that's damaged business ties between the two countries.

"We believe that all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it's not free armament. And you've got the answer now from me".

However, despite the recent friction, he described his relationship with Trump in positive terms. "I really like working with him and we have achieved a lot in the Middle East, especially against extremism, extremist ideologies, terrorism and Da'esh [Arabic acronym for ISIS] disappeared in a very short time in Iraq and Syria, and a lot of extremist narratives have been demolished in the past two years, so this is a strong initiative".

The prominent rights group also took global community to task for its "deafening silence on Saudi Arabia's crackdown on freedom of expression", adding that the worldwide community must demand an immediate explanation from Saudi Arabia's authorities about Jamal Khashoggi's fate or whereabouts.

"We are now above US$300 billion, we're getting close to US$400 billion", he said. "So we put that in that category", he said.

Prince Mohammed said Saudi Arabia produced around 10.7 million of oil now and had spare capacity of 1.3 million without any investment.

The Aramco IPO would be a seismic event for financial markets.

"We hope not to come across an undesirable situation about missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi", he noted, adding that whatever came of this, "we will be the ones to declare it to the world".

"This will not harm the plans of Vision 2030 because PIF will still be funded from the deal of Sabic in 2019 with around $70bn to $80bn if I'm not mistaken, and in late 2020, early 2021, it will also have $100bn from IPOing Aramco".

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