Munich/Frankfurt/Berlin — The heads of Deutsche Bank and Siemens, two of Germany’s largest companies, are among a dwindling number of prominent delegates still scheduled to attend an investment conference in Saudi Arabia following the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said he is torn about whether to stick with his plan to go to next week’s event in Riyadh. His counterpart at Deutsche Bank, Christian Sewing, has not made up his mind, according to a person briefed on the matter who declined to be named. Their hesitation comes as a range of top global business leaders have pulled out since Khashoggi vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The conference comes at a critical juncture in the relationship between the two countries, making the decision more difficult for the two CEOs. Germany and Saudi Arabia just this month took the first steps to repair relations following a nearly year-long diplomatic feud that ha...

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