Saudi threatens to retaliate against any United States sanctions over Khashoggi disappearance

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Former United States Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul on Saturday slammed Donald Trump's lukewarm reaction to the alleged murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and permanent resident of the U.S.

Turkish officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, say they fear Saudi Arabia killed Khashoggi.

The Jordanian government also affirmed the Kingdom's central role in consolidating security, stability and peace and enhancing economic cooperation both regionally and globally.

Turkish officials say they fear a team of Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi, and they have released surveillance footage of the alleged perpetrators and mysterious movements outside the consulate on October 2, the day he entered.

The Saudi government has described the allegations as "baseless", but have offered no evidence that Mr Khashoggi left the consulate.

Saudi Arabia warned on Sunday that it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed on it over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as the Riyadh stock market plunged on growing investor jitters.

"Human rights, freedom of information are essential rights and horrifying things have been reported and I am horrified", she told reporters in Bali where the International Monetary Fund is holding annual meetings.

The Saudis have strongly denied any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Meanwhile, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told ABC News on Sunday that US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is "intending to go" to the conference at the moment, but "will make up his mind as the week progresses and as new information surfaces".

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It's unclear, however, whether Saudi Arabia would be willing to unilaterally cut production.

Saudi stocks dived 7.0 percent in early trading on Sunday as the oil-rich kingdom comes under increasing global pressure over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump said he would meet with Khashoggi's family.

The affair has already seen the New York Times, Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNN and CNBC withdraw from the FII conference.

Turkish and Saudi authorities have now been told to launch a "credible investigation" into Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

A closed-circuit TV image of Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018.

"There's a lot at stake".

Trump has also restated his reluctance to jeopardize a $110 billion arms deal he brokered with Saudi Arabia that was inked on his first foreign trip as President, saying he didn't want to hurt jobs.

Also, anti-Saudi sentiment in the US Congress could conceivably raise pressure to pass the so-called No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act, which would end sovereign immunity shielding OPEC members from US legal action. Trump added the United States "would be very upset and angry if that were the case". The president cited the effects such action may have on American businesses.

Asked whether bin Salman gave an order to kill Khashoggi, Trump said: "Well, nobody knows yet, but we'll probably be able to find out".

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