INTERNATIONAL – JP Morgan & Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon and Ford Motor Chairman Bill Ford cancelled plans to attend a Saudi investor conference, the companies said on Sunday, the latest such high-profile announcements after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The cancellations could add pressure on other US firms like Goldman Sachs, Mastercard and Bank of America to reconsider their plans to attend the investor event.
Neither JP Morgan nor Ford would elaborate on the reasons for the decision not to attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh later this month and did not comment on whether concerns about the disappearance of Khashoggi were a factor.
Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post columnist critical of Riyadh’s policies, disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Turkey believes he was murdered and his body removed. Saudi Arabia has denied that.