Global biz lead­ers halt Gulf stream of sup­port for Saudi

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LON­DON: Global busi­ness lead­ers are re­assess­ing their ties with Saudi Ara­bia, stok­ing pres­sure on the Gulf king­dom to ex­plain what hap­pened to a dis­si­dent writer who dis­ap­peared af­ter vis­it­ing its con­sulate in Is­tan­bul.

Bri­tish bil­lion­aire Richard Bran­son on Fri­day sus­pended busi­ness links with Saudi Ara­bia, and Uber CEO Dara Khos­row­shahi said he might not at­tend a ma­jor in­vest­ment con­fer­ence in the coun­try this month amid re­ports that Ja­mal Khashoggi may have been killed at the Saudi con­sulate in Turkey’s cap­i­tal.

“What has re­port­edly hap­pened in Turkey around the dis­ap­pear­ance of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the abil­ity of any of us in the West to do busi­ness with the Saudi govern­ment,” Bran­son said in a state­ment.

Bran­son, founder of Vir­gin Group, says he will sus­pend his di­rec­tor­ships in two tourism projects in Saudi Ara­bia while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion takes

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