October 20, 2018 / 9:14 AM / a year ago

Australia withdraws from Saudi investment summit over Khashoggi death

FILE PHOTO: Human rights activists and friends of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold his pictures during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has pulled out of an investment summit in Saudi Arabia in protest at the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Australian government minister said on Saturday.

Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist critical of Riyadh’s policies, died inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Saudi state media said.

“In light of this new information, we have determined that official Australian representation at the forthcoming Future Investment Initiative event in Riyadh is no longer appropriate,” a joint statement from Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said.

Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Sam Holmes

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