Pompeo: Riyadh must hold Khashoggi killers ‘accountable’
Visiting US secretary of state to ask Mohammed bin Salman to punish perpetrators of crime that was allegedly orchestrated by the prince himself
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday arrived in Riyadh, where he was expected to ask Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to ensure those who murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi are held accountable.
America’s top diplomat, who is on an extensive Middle East tour, embarked on his second politically sensitive visit to the kingdom since Khashoggi’s brutal murder inside its Istanbul consulate last year provoked international outrage.
The crown prince, whose right-hand aides were allegedly involved in the murder, was exonerated by Saudi prosecutors despite US intelligence reportedly having evidence he was behind it.
“We will continue to have a conversation with the crown prince and the Saudis about ensuring the accountability is full and complete with respect to the unacceptable murder of Jamal Khashoggi,” Pompeo told reporters in Qatar, before flying to Riyadh.
“So, we’ll continue to talk about that and make sure we have all the facts so that they are held accountable, certainly by the Saudis but by the United States as well.”
– with reporting by Agence France-Presse