France's finance minister cancels his Saudi conference trip amid Khashoggi disappearance

France's finance minister cancels his Saudi conference trip amid Khashoggi disappearance

"I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi's translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul", Attiah said.

Mashal Saad al-Bostani, 31, a lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Forces, was among the 15-member "hit team" that landed in Istanbul in two private jets from Riyadh on October 2 and headed to the Saudi consulate. Now I have to accept: "That is not going to happen", Karen Attiah wrote.

"This is the last piece of his I will edit for The [Washington] Post".

Turkish police on Wednesday began searching the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul for their investigation, with forensics experts in white overalls entering the building, an AFP correspondent said.

Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of killing Khashoggi, who was often critical of the Saudi government in his writing.

His killers were waiting when Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. They claim Khashoggi stopped attending Brotherhood meetings but acknowledge that he "remained conversant in its conservative, Islamist and often anti-Western rhetoric, which he could deploy or hide depending on whom he was seeking to befriend".

Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who lived in the U.S., disappeared on October 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce.

Khashoggi also praised the Washington Post for its translation of his columns into Arabic, but ultimately, he argued what is most needed is an independent speech platform for ordinary Arab people. He was the head of Saudi Arabia's Forensic Commission at the time of his visit to Australia, VIFM's annual report from 2014-2015 notes.

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Ms Attiah said the column was a flawless example of Khashoggi's commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world, which was "a freedom he apparently gave his life for".

And with that being said, Saudi Arabia has been a very important ally of ours in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia, which initially called the allegations "baseless", has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press over recent days, including on Thursday.

Meanwhile, International Trade Minister Liam Fox has been told to pull out of a business conference in Saudi Arabia next week as finance ministers from France and the Netherlands and prominent banking executives have scrapped their plans to attend.

Liam Fox has pulled out of an economic forum in Saudi Arabia, set to be boycotted by a slew of global leaders and corporations, in the wake of the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

President Donald Trump has been even more forgiving, likening the Saudis to Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh and asserting that they could not be "guilty until proven innocent".

The report came as Turkish crime-scene investigators finished an overnight search of both the consul general's residence and a second search of the consulate itself amid Ankara's fears that Saudi authorities had Khashoggi killed and dismembered inside the diplomatic mission in Istanbul.

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