UK, France, Germany call for probe into missing Saudi journalist

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"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 statement said.

Mohammed bin Salman, the 33-year-old crown prince of Saudi Arabia who leads the country's Public Investment Fund, has pledged $45bn to SoftBank's Vision Fund, making it one of the most significant stakeholders in the Japanese investment vehicle. The journalist, who had been critical of Prince Mohammed, was last seen walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday there would be "severe punishment" for Saudi Arabia if it turned out that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate. The article begins by noting that Silicon Valley startups such as WeWork, DoorDash, Wag, and Slack all wouldn't exist without investments from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. "There needs to be a credible investigation to establish the truth about what happened, and - if relevant - to identify those bearing responsibility for the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, and ensure that they are held to account", the statement said. "We have conveyed this message directly to the Saudi authorities".

Saudi Arabia is a key partner for Switzerlandexternal link in the Arab world and the Middle East region.

Turkish officials say they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi mission and lurid claims suggesting he was tortured and even dismembered have been leaked to the media.

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Under Son, SoftBank built its global influence through tech investments and raised over $93 billion previous year to create its Vision Fund - with $45 billion coming from Saudi Arabia.

The Washington Post, citing unidentified USA and Turkish officials, reported that Turkey had told US officials it has audio and video recordings that prove Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

"In this spirit, light must be shed on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, ' it said, indicating all three countries were treating the matter 'with the utmost seriousness". If materialized, the IPO will be a historic event in Silicon Valley and a huge payday for Uber's major investors, most notably the Saudi royal family and the SoftBank Vision Fund, according to Wall Street's latest estimate of the ride-hailing giant's worth.

Turkey says it believes he was killed inside, telling U.S. officials that it has audio and video recordings from his final moments to prove it. Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied having anything to do with the disappearance.