WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday mentioned he would not attend subsequent week’s funding conference in Saudi Arabia, because the Trump administration awaited the end result of investigations into lacking Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrives at a White House reception for Congressional Medal of Honor recipients within the East Room of the White in Washington, U.S., September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Mnuchin introduced the choice in a put up on Twitter following a gathering with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who not too long ago returned from conferences with high leaders in Riyadh and Ankara.
“Just met with @realDonaldTrump and @SecPompeo and we have decided, I will not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia,” Mnuchin wrote on Twitter.
The Saudis have mentioned they plan to maneuver ahead with the conference, scheduled for Oct. 23-25, regardless of a wave of cancellations by high-profile enterprise, authorities and media leaders.
Mnuchin’s withdrawal comes after high monetary, commerce and overseas officers from Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands additionally dropped out.
Trump has urged endurance within the wake of U.S.-based Khashoggi’s disappearance earlier this month throughout a go to to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and mentioned he took the matter severely.
Turkish officers have mentioned they consider Khashoggi – a Washington Post columnist who was a robust critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – was murdered on the consulate and his physique chopped up and eliminated.
Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Bernadette Baum