Reuters Oct 16, 2018 10:23:42 IST
Alphabet's Google on 15 October became the latest company to drop out of a business conference in Saudi Arabia.
Pressure has mounted on Saudi Arabia since prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a US resident, Washington Post columnist and critic of Saudi policies, went missing. He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.
Google said in a statement that Google Cloud Chief Executive Diane Greene would not attend the Future Investment Initiative Summit scheduled to be held in Riyadh starting 23 October.
Google’s Greene did not offer a reason for her action, and a spokesman declined to elaborate.
Earlier this year Google announced that it would work with a Saudi agency to open five innovation hubs in the country to train aspiring technologists.
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