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UK and US pull out of Saudi summit over missing journalist

By Aubrey Allegretti, political reporter
Dr Liam Fox has pulled out of a conference in Saudi Arabia, following the disappearance and alleged murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The international trade secretary was due to attend a major investment summit in Riyadh next week, dubbed Davos in the Desert.A government spokesman said Dr Fox had "decided the time is not right" for him to travel there, and that the UK remains "very concerned" about Mr Khashoggi.He added: "We encourage Turkish-Saudi collaboration and look forward to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia conducting a thorough, credible, transparent, and prompt investigation, as announced."Those bearing responsibility for his disappearance must be held to account.":: Khashoggi Apple Watch recordings 'a cover story'
UK and US pull out of Saudi summit over missing journalist

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Mr Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi embassy in Istanbul
Other business leaders and European politicians, including the French and Dutch finance ministers, have pulled out of the conference.Saudi Arabia has faced intense pressure to explain what happened to Mr Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the country's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, two weeks ago.A Turkish official, speaking to the Reuters news agency, said Mr Khashoggi was killed in a premeditated murder and his body removed from the consulate.The Saudis have denied wrongdoing.
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