Saudi Arabia to hit back in case of sanctions over Jamal Khashoggi

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Riyadh combative as UK, German and French ministers call for credible investigation

Saudi Arabia has said it will retaliate against any sanctions imposed over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, as the Riyadh stock market had its biggest fall in years.

A host of western companies have distanced themselves from the Gulf state following the journalists disappearance, imperilling Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans efforts at economic reform.

Khashoggi has been missing since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October and is presumed to have been murdered.

Donald Trump has threatened the US ally with severe punishment if Khashoggi, who has been critical of Bin Salman, has been killed.

The French, German and UK foreign secretaries ratcheted up the pressure by releasing a joint statement calling on the Saudi government to give a complete and detailed account of Khashoggis disappearance, adding that those found to be responsible must be held to account.

Riyadh vowed to hit back against any action. The kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether through economic sanctions, political pressure or repeating false accusations, it said.

The kingdom also affirms that if it is [targeted by] any action, it will respond with greater action. The statement also pointed out that the oil-rich kingdom plays an effective and vital role in the world economy.

The countrys foreign ministry issued a series of tweets rejecting the accusations as attempts to undermine Saudi Arabia, writing in one post demise is the outcome of these weak endeavors.

Foreign Ministry

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