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VOL. 42 | NO. 41 | Friday, October 12, 2018

French, Dutch ministers cancel trip to Saudi conference

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PARIS (AP) — France's finance minister is the latest high-level official or executive to cancel out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia amid questions over the kingdom's involvement in the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Thursday on French TV channel Public Senat that "I will not go to Riyadh next week" for the conference known as "Davos in the Desert."

Several top business executives have also cancelled their plans to attend, as has the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde.

Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra also canceled, after discussing the issue with Le Maire, the Dutch foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Stef Blok wrote that a Dutch trade mission planned for December to Saudi Arabia also likely will not go ahead.

Le Maire said the disappearance of Khashoggi is "serious" and facts about it need to be explained by Saudi authorities.

Turkish officials say Khashoggi was killed and dismembered at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Saudi officials have denied the allegations as "baseless," but haven't provided evidence of the writer leaving the diplomatic mission alive.

Le Maire added his decision on the investment conference doesn't call into question the strategic partnership between France and Saudi Arabia.

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FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 0 0
BANKRUPTCIES 0 0 0
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 0 0
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0