October 15, 2018 / 4:48 PM / a month ago

Saudi Arabia to hold investment forum despite key speakers pulling out

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Muhammad bin Salman Al Saud attends the opening ceremony of the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Nicolas Asfonri/Pool

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will go ahead with a major investment conference planned later this month despite key speakers and partners pulling out after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a statement from the organisers said on Monday.

“With more than 150 speakers confirmed from over 140 different organizations, including 17 global partner organizations, the FII (Future Investment Initiative) program will closely examine how investment can be used to drive growth opportunities, fuel innovation and tackle global challenges,” the Public Investment Fund in an e-mailed statement.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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