Breakage in cascade ! The Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin is the last (and one of the most prestigious guest in date to cancel its participation in a major economic conference held in Riyadh, a little more than two weeks after the disappearance of the journalist of saudi arabia, criticism of authority, Jamal Khashoggi. This conference, organized by the sovereign wealth fund of saudi arabia, to be held from October 23 to 25, and serve to showcase the economic reforms initiated by the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, regarded as the strong man of saudi Arabia.

A decision that was preceded by a few hours, a change of tone from Donald Trump. The us president, on Thursday ruled that the journalist in saudi Jamal Khashoggi, who has gone missing in the saudi consulate in Istanbul and would have been murdered by agents of his country, “seemed” to be dead, and threatened the saudi Arabia of consequences as ” severe “. “It seems to be the case. It is very sad, ” replied the president to a reporter who asked him if he thought that the journalist in saudi arabia, criticism of the regime of Riyadh, was dead.

while saudi Arabia is responsible for his death, as asserted by many media, that are based on evidence recorded audio in the consulate during his disappearance on October 2, the potential consequences for the saudi rulers will be “severe,” added the american president. “It is a case of very bad but we will see what happens “, he declared.

in recent days, Donald Trump had opted for a stance less clear-cut and had the enormous strategic interests in linking his country to the kingdom sunni, citing the fight against terrorism, the need to counter the influence of shiite Iran, but also the contracts of armament and their economic effects. The United States, however, have decided to grant an additional period to saudi Arabia to explain the disappearance of this journalist, known for his outspokenness, who was in exile in the United States in 2017, after falling into disgrace at the court of the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. “We need to give them a few more days to complete (the investigations) so that we have a good understanding of the facts “, said the head of american diplomacy Mike Pompeo, returned from a trip to Riyadh.

A decision coordinated between the european

The success of this conference, called “Future Investment” Initiative, however, has lead in the wing after very many defections caused by the blur that surrounds the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi on a visit to the saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. The website of the event no longer allowed on Thursday to view the list of stakeholders. Steven Mnuchin, a headlining having regard to the relations between the United States and the kingdom, was finally canceled his trip on Thursday after a meeting with the american president and the minister of foreign Affairs Mike Pompeo, just back from Riyadh to try to unravel this case.

Two days earlier, this are the services of the boss of the international monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde had announced that it would extend his trip to the Middle East, which included a step to Riyadh for the conference, but without referring to it explicitly. The French minister of the Economy Bruno The Mayor announced Thursday morning that he wouldn’t make it no longer in Riyadh. In the margins of a summit in Brussels, French president Emmanuel Macron has summed up the european position. “We have taken this decision in a coordinated manner among Europeans. This is what is needed in the short term, given the gravity of the facts in the absence of clarification, ” he said.

Here, a week before the kick-off of this conference, the state of the places of those defections, identified and several media outlets including Bloomberg and CNBC.


– Christine Lagarde, managing director of the international monetary Fund (IMF)

– Steven Mnuchin, the u.s. secretary of the Treasury

– Bruno Le Maire, French minister of Economy and Finance


– John Flint, chief executive officer of HSBC

– Tidjane Thiam, ceo of Credit Suisse

– Ajay Banga, CEO of MasterCard

HSBC, Credit Suisse and MasterCard are among the eight “strategic partners” of the conference, as well as Siemens, whose boss Joe Kaeser has not cancelled his trip.

– Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase

– Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock

– Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone

– Bill Winters, ceo of Standard Chartered

– Jean Lemierre, chairman of BNP Paribas

– Frédéric Oudéa, director-general of Société générale

– David Schwimmer, director general of the London Stock Exchange


– Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford

– Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber

– Richard Branson, british billionaire and founder of Virgin group

– Ariana Huffington, patron saint of “Thrive Global”

– Diane Greene, director of the branch “cloud” of Google

– Patrice Caine, CEO of Thales will be represented by Jean-Loïc Galle, the boss of the joint venture Thales Alenia Space


– Bob Bakish, CEO of Viacom

Several media groups (CNN, Bloomberg, The Economist, the New York Times, CNBC or the Financial Times, etc.) have also cancelled the participation of their leaders or journalists, round tables.

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