$1 billion deal to build Amazon data centres in Saudi Arabia appears to have stalled, following the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post reported.
After Khashoggi’s killing in Istanbul last year, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Post, became the target of waves of criticism from Saudi-based online trolls, said the report on Sunday.
“No data centers are under construction. Amazon officials say there has been no movement on a deal this year,” said the report, adding that no one on either side confirmed that ties between Amazon and the Saudis have been permanently severed. Khashoggi, the Saudi dissident who wrote columns for The Washington Post, was killed by Saudi operatives.
Amazon will not take part in a Saudi investment conference starting Tuesday.