Dutch finance minister cancels visit to Saudi investment conference

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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 Post", Attiah wrote.

Turkish police and forensic experts on Wednesday searched the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul and also searched the country's consulate for a second time.

After a successful career as an adviser to and unofficial spokesman for the royal family of Saudi Arabia, he had been barred from writing in the kingdom, even on Twitter, by the new crown prince.

Karen Attiah, editor of the newspaper's Global Opinions section, said in an editor's note that she received the column from Khashoggi's translator and assistant on October 3, the day after he was reported missing following a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured before being decapitated inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, the progovernment daily paper Yeni Safak reported on Wednesday, saying it had heard audio recordings of the incident. Riyadh has denied any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi national who contributed to The Washington Post and criticised policies of King Salman's son Crown Prince Mohammed, has not been seen since Oct 2, when he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain official documents for his upcoming marriage. "More important, we need to provide a platform for Arab voices", Khashoggi writes.

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In the column he talks about the importance of a free press in the Middle East. Western diplomats suspect that the kingdom will also compensate Turkey for its willingness to launch a joint investigation on Khashoggi's disappearance - a payback that could come in the form of large-scale debt relief, strategic buyouts or other arrangements that boost Turkey's ailing economy.

Khashoggi provided examples of crackdowns on the free press in the Arab world, actions he said prevent citizens from knowing the true facts and coming to their own conclusions on issues.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Wednesday the situation is "really going to challenge" the USA relationship with Saudi Arabia, though said it's "too early to predict what the consequences will be". Trump said the United States has asked Turkey for any audio or video evidence.

Hours after Khashoggi's arrival and disappearance, Mutreb left the consulate and visited the consul's residence in the evening of that day after which he returned to Saudi Arabia aboard a private jet. Trump has speculated without providing evidence that "rogue killers" could be responsible.

DUBAI-Just over two weeks since the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, it is already clear that the fallout has profoundly reshaped the balance of power in the Middle East and impaired USA leverage in the region.

A spokeswoman for PSPS Consultants, which had organised the trip for the Dutch governement, said: "All trade missions to the country have been suspended for now".

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