Calling the Saudi government a source of terrorism financing, the message was accompanied by a composite image of Mohammed holding a sword above the head of Khashoggi. And it linked to a number of YouTube videos from an account that had been created a day ago.
The outcry over Khashoggi’s killing has had punishing consequences for the conference, known formally as the Future Investment Initiative. The conference is part of a broader, years-long effort by the Saudi government to diversify its economy and shift away from its dependence on oil exports.
The conference organizers didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment
Amid the growing international crisis, the chief executives of JP Morgan Chase, BlackRock and Siemens have all withdrawn from the summit, as have the leaders of HSBC and Uber.
Foreign investors sold off more than $1 billion of investments in Saudi stocks last week, according to Bloomberg News — a record blow as government officials continue to seek status from world indexes as an emerging market. Analysts say the Saudi government hopes that the label will lead to a massive influx of new money from global investors.