The chief executive of Japan\u2019s biggest bank has pulled out of Saudi Arabia\u2019s financial conference dubbed \u201cDavos in the Desert,\u201d joining a growing list of withdrawals following the killing of a government critic at the kingdom\u2019s consulate in Turkey. MUFG Bank Ltd. CEO Kanetsugu Mike won\u2019t attend the Future Investment Initiative conference that begins Tuesday, spokesman Kazunobu Takahara said Sunday by phone, without giving a reason for his withdrawal. Eiichi Yoshikawa, deputy president of the unit of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., will go instead, Takahara said. Mike, who was scheduled to speak at the event, becomes the latest top official to cancel after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the country\u2019s leadership, was killed inside its Istanbul consulate. Others including U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had withdrawn even before the kingdom over the weekend acknowledged the Washington Post contributor\u2019s killing, while characterizing it as accidental. MUFG has been growing its presence in the oil-rich nation, having last year obtained approval to open a branch there. The bank plans to hire as many as 60 people in the country over three to five years, Elyas Algaseer, the bank\u2019s co-head in the Middle East and North Africa, said in an interview in August 2017.