January 25, 2021

The president of the World Bank will not attend an economic meeting in Saudi Arabia

The president of the World Bank will not attend an economic meeting in Saudi Arabia



The World Bank (WB) president, Jim Yong Kim, will not attend the Future Investment Initiative economic forum held later this month in Saudi Arabia, a source familiar with the decision told Efe today. He asked for anonymity.

The source, who did not specify the reason, said that the Saudi authorities have been informed that Kim will not attend the meeting.

In the last hours several sponsors and guests have announced that they canceled their participation in the conference, which will take place between October 23 and 25, in protest at the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the consulate of his country in Istanbul (Turkey ).

The US television network CNBC tweeted that it would not attend the forum in Riyadh "due to open questions surrounding the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi."

For its part, the CNN channel said today in a statement that "withdrew its participation."

A columnist for The New York Times, Andrew Ross Sorkin, revealed yesterday on Twitter that he was not going to travel to the kingdom to participate in the conference due to the disappearance of the reporter.

The news agency Bloomberg has been another media that has canceled its assistance.

On day 2, Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect some documents he needed to be able to marry his Turkish girlfriend, who stayed waiting outside the building.

Since then, his whereabouts are unknown.

Khashoggi, formerly close to the Saudi monarchy, distanced himself from her last summer, when the current crown prince, Mohamed bin Salman, rose to positions of power.

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