Washington Post publishes blank column after the paper's Saudi journalist goes missing

'Where Is Jamal?' Here's What to Know About Missing Washington Post Columnist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the kingdom has met its promise to Washington to make up for Iranian crude oil supplies lost through USA sanctions. Trump did not indicate when you said this.

Turkey has taken the side of Qatar over its blockade by Saudi Arabia and other neighbours, and Turkey's rapprochement with Iran has riled the government in Riyadh, our correspondent adds.

Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia struck a private deal in September to raise oil output to cool rising prices and informed the United States before a meeting in Algiers with other producers, Reuters reported this week.

The crown prince insisted that the kingdom has always paid for armaments from the US. Although he supported many reforms of heir Prince Muhammad bin Salman, he had some critical views, which he expressed only for his country's interests.

According to a report published in the Arab News on Thursday, Saudi Arabia changed its military spending strategy after Trump was elected president in 2016, with 60 per cent of spending with the U.S. over a decade. This has put USA arms sales to the Saudis under growing scrutiny. "I can't even guess how such a thing can happen to him", his fiancée told The Associated Press.

Mohammad bin Salman said that the Saudi government will own small parts of these companies "to secure the quality for a period of time", as the crown prince puts it. Riyadh, however, is aspiring to perform a triple balancing act, appeasing U.S. President Trump and adhering firmly to its vision of creating a grand OPEC+ crude oil producers' alliance with Russian Federation, whilst simultaneously keeping crude prices at a level which is sustainable for its economy. Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın said earlier that they believe Khashoggi is still in the consulate.

Commenting on Trump's complaint over oil prices, Prince Mohammed said: "We never in the history of Saudi Arabia decided that this is the right or wrong oil price". "The investor will decide the price on the day".

"The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, the well-known Washington Post journalist, by the Saudi Arabian Consulate on October 2 at around 13.30 p.m. local time has been a matter of widespread speculation and debate", said Turan Kislakci, head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association (TAM), in a gathering outside the Istanbul consulate, demanding answers from officials. So, we did our job and more.

Addressing Saudi Arabia's rift with Canada, he noted that Ottawa "gave an order to Saudi Arabia on an internal issue. If they ask for that, of course, we will allow them", the 33-year-old crown prince said.

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