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Saudi Arabia says it will respond to any economic sanctions

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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it would retaliate to possible economic sanctions taken by other states over the case of Jamal Khashoggi, the state news agency SPA reported quoting an official source.

The kingdom will respond to any measure against it with bigger measures, the source said, adding: "The Saudi economy has vital and influential roles for the global economy."

"The kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures, or repeating false accusations," the source was quoted as saying.

 

Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a US resident, disappeared on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia affirms that he left the consulate after a couple of hours.

A delegation from Saudi Arabia has arrived in Turkey as part of a joint investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance.

"(The kingdom appreciates) truth instead of rushing and seeking to exploit rumors and accusations to achieve goals and agendas unrelated to the search for truth," the Saudi statement said.

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