IMF Chief Lagarde to Skip Saudi Investment Conference

Christine Lagarde has deferred a planned trip to the Middle East, which included a stop in Riyadh to attend an investment conference

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he's being greeted by the French prime minister in Paris, April 9, 2018.
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International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde has deferred a planned trip to the Middle East, which included a stop in Riyadh to attend an investment conference, the IMF said in a statement on Tuesday.

On Saturday, Lagarde told a news conference in Indonesia that she did not intend to change her travel plans but was "horrified" by media reports about the disappearance of Saudijournalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"The Managing Director’s previously scheduled trip to the Middle East region is being deferred," an IMF spokesperson said in a statement without giving a reason for the decision. 

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he's being greeted by the French prime minister in Paris, April 9, 2018.
Francois Mori / AP