IMF Chief postpones Middle East trip with Saudi stop

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde accompanied by Canada Finance Minister William Morneau, speaks during a Global Economy debate in the sidelines of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

By Varsha Vijayan

The International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde postponed her planned trip with a stop in Saudi Arabia, for an investment conference. This is in attribution to the disappearance of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
Ms. Lagarde had said on Saturday that she would travel to Riyadh for the gathering, during the IMF’s annual meetings in Bali.

 

She was to participate in the Kingdom’s Future Investment Initiative conference. The conference was boycotted by world business and media persons owing to the suspected death of Jamal Khashoggi.
“When I visit a country, I always speak my mind… So at this point of time my intention is to not change my plans and to be very attentive to the information that is coming out in the next few days,” said Ms Lagarde.
The disappearance of the journalist has led to a diplomatic crisis, leading to accusations of top levels of the conservative Kingdom.
According to Turkish authorities, the journalist must have been killed inside the Saudi consulate by a group of hitmen traveling from Riyadh.