Post prints empty column for Saudi writer missing in Turkey

Larry Hoffman
October 8, 2018

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman has brushed off comments made by US President Donald Trump that Washington is "subsidizing" the kingdom's military, insisting that the kingdom has always paid for armaments from the US.

The rights group Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization advocating human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced in a post on its official Twitter page that it did not dismiss the possibility that Khashoggi's sudden disappearance was an attempt to silence the writer.

A US State Department representative said the department was also monitoring the situation, since Khashoggi has lived in the United States since September 2017 and has become even more prominent in American circles writing as a columnist for The Washington Post.

"We are holding a spot for Jamal Khashoggi in Friday's newspaper", the Post said in a tweet, which included a photo of the exceptional, empty spot at the centre of the page.

Iran, OPEC's third-largest producer, has accused Trump of orchestrating the oil price rally by imposing sanctions on Tehran and accused its regional archrival Saudi Arabia of bowing to US pressure. So, you can not have 100 percent friends saying good things about you, even in your family. This has put United States arms sales to the Saudis under growing scrutiny.

Adding more to his statement, the Saudi Crown Prince said, "I love working with him".

"We hope it will end as soon as possible".

In the face of sustained concern about Khashoggi's whereabouts, the Saudi press have reported that the consulate in Istanbul is, as of Thursday, "carrying out the follow-up procedures and coordination with Turkish local authorities to uncover the circumstances of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi after he left the consulate building".

Mohammad bin Salman said that the Saudi government will own small parts of these companies "to secure the quality for a period of time", as the crown prince puts it.

I really like working with him and we have achieved a lot in the Middle East, especially against extremism, extremist ideologies, terrorism and Daesh.We have huge investments between both countries. "We don't have information to the contrary".

He stressed that Saudi-U.S. relations were good, saying "If you look at the picture overall, you have 99 percent of good things and one bad issue".

"We believe the higher price that we have in the last month, is not because of Iran". "It's mostly because of things happening in Canada and Mexico, Libya, Venezuela and other countries". "Because they reduced 700,000 barrels and we have exported more than 1.5 million barrels a day". "The Kuwaiti side, they want to fix it today, before we continue to produce in that area", he said.

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