Oct 16, 2018, 12:22 PM
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Google boycotts Saudi upcoming conference: Media

Tehran, Oct 16, IRNA - Following the disappearance of Saudi prominent journalist, the US-based Google incorporation adds its name to the list of companies and investors withdrawing from Saudi business conference, Reuters reported on Monday.

Mounting pressure on Saudi Arabia is being taken to a whole new level with major international companies and investors pulling out of the investment conference due to take place in Riyadh on October 23rd.

According to Reuters, Google Cloud Chief Executive Diane Greene announced in a statement 'Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday became the latest company to drop out of a business conference in Saudi Arabia.'

Earlier this year, Google had agreed to work with a Saudi agency to open five innovation centers in the country to train advanced technologies.

Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of Uber, the world's largest taxi company, chairman of Ford, American multinational automaker, JP Morgan, the American multinational investment bank are among other investors to boycott the three-day Investment Summit called Davos in the Desert.

Major news outlets and newspapers such as CNN, the Financial Times, New York Times, CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox News have also banned the conference, saying 'they were concerned about Khashoggi’s disappearance'.

The absence of media and technology executives is likely to cast a shadow over the conference, while Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman had pinned his hopes on the three-day summit to attract investment for Vision 2030; a plan to reduce Riyadh's dependence on oil and diversify its economy.

The 59-year-old Saudi investigative journalist, who had left the country since Bin Salman was named Crown Prince and moved to the US, vanished on October second after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to collect documents for his forthcoming marriage.

In his articles published mostly by the Washington Post, he sharply rebuked Saudi Arabia's policies including Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, financial crisis between Saudi Arabia and Canada and arresting women's rights activists.

Some unofficial news sources say Saudi security agents have tortured and brutally murdered the prominent journalist inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, cutting his body up into pieces.


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