UK FM Hunt bashes Saudis over fate of missing Saudi journalist
In a rare British challenge to Riyadh, the UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked Saudi Arabia for answers over the disappearance in Turkey of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi was last seen visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, and Turkey says he may have been murdered there. However, this suggestion has been strongly denied by the Saudis.
— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) October 9, 2018
In March Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited the UK and signed a raft of business deals. During the visit the two nations launched the UK-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council, which involves £65 billion mutual trade and investment to be spread across sectors including finance, education, health care, renewable energy and defense.
But Britain also has good relations with Turkey. Last year it doubled its export finance program to Turkey to £3.5bn. With Britain about to leave the European Union, London is desperately seeking to boost trade and investment with Turkey to compensate for the expected loss of trade within Europe once barriers rise between them.