The state of Saudi Arabia has been made host to numerous threats of sanctions from countries across the globe after journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing in Istanbul.
However, the Kingdom has decided to retaliate to all these threats and has given a statement back to the countries talking about imposing the sanctions.
The official stance from the Middle Eastern nation is to retaliate to these sanctions once they have been placed. The news was released by an official news agency from Saudi Arabia.
The comments from the Kingdom came after President Trump took center stage and threatened Saudi Arabia of ‘severe punishment’ if Riyadh turned out to be responsible for the abduction and possible death of Jamal Khashoggi, who is also a legal resident of the United States.
“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 official Saudi Press Agency mentioned an unnamed government source as saying.
“The Kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action, and that the Kingdom’s economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy,” the source further added without elaborating much.
The threat of sanctions has had negative economic repercussions in the economy as the stock market suffered and lost $33 billion of its value by Sunday.
In further news concerning this issue, a pro-government newspaper from Turkey has mentioned that Turkish authorities have audio recordings from the Apple Watch that Jamal Khashoggi was wearing the day he went to the Saudi Consulate and disappeared. If this really is true, then evidence from the watch will greatly help this case develop further.