Saudi Arabia must keep Jamal Khashoggi & # 39; s Assassins & # 39; Responsible & # 39 ;, Vows of Pompeo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that he will ask the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to ensure that the murderers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are held responsible for their crime.
The best American diplomat, during an extensive trip to the Middle East, spoke before a politically sensitive visit to Saudi Arabia, which has had an intense international investigation into the killing of Khashoggi at his consulate in Istanbul.
We will continue to have a talk with the Crown Prince and the Saudis about ensuring that the responsibility is complete and complete with regard to the unacceptable murder of Jamal Khashoggi & # 39 ;, Pompeo told reporters during a press conference. in Qatar.
So we will continue to talk about that and make sure that we have all the facts so that they are held accountable, especially by the Saudis, but also by the United States. & # 39;
State Secretary Mike Pompeo said he will ask the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to ensure that the killers of Jamal Khashoggi are held responsible
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan arrive in Doha during his politically sensitive eight-day trip to the Middle East
Pompeo will travel to Saudi Arabia later on Sunday as part of an eight-day trip to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat and eventually Kuwait City.
He spoke with journalists in Doha after meeting his counterpart in Qatar, Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdulrahman al-Thani.
He will meet the emir of Qatari, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, before going to Saudi Arabia.
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Khashoggi was assassinated on October 2 in a case that baffled the world and threatened a serious break between Riyadh and Washington.
The journalist was murdered and his body tore up within the consulate of the Istanbul kingdom.
Later it appeared that the murder was carried out by a team of Saudis who had been sent from Riyadh and were closely associated with the crown prince. Washington then demanded a transparent investigation.
Riyadh prosecutors have announced indictments against 11 people, and are looking for the death penalty against five of them.
But prince Mohammed, whose chiefs were allegedly involved in the murder, was acquitted by prosecutors despite the fact that the American intelligence service reportedly had the evidence that he was behind it.
During an earlier visit to Riyadh at the height of the Khashoggi affair, Pompeo's broad smile with the crown prince cried some Americans.
However, US President Donald President Trump has said that Washington wants to keep the alliance with the kingdom, although the American Senate has clearly blamed Prince Mohammed for the murder.
Washington would like regional unity to get widespread support for its fight against Iran.
Pompeo refused on Sunday to comment on reports that Washington had recently considered a military action against Tehran.
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He also called on Qatar and other Gulf states to end the worst political divide in the region for years, making Doha diplomatic and economically isolated by neighboring former allies over the last 19 months.
It is more than 100 days since journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered
Saudi Arab Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was acquitted by prosecutors in Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that the American intelligence service reportedly had evidence that he was behind the murder
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt – all US allies – broke ties with Qatar in June 2017 and accused them of supporting terrorist groups and seeking closer ties with Saudi archrival Iran.
Qatar – also an ally of the US – denies the accusations and accuses the countries of the search for regime change.
& # 39; Regarding the GCC … we are all more powerful if we work together if we have common challenges in the region and around the world, & # 39; said Pompeo, referring to the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Disputes between countries with a common purpose are never helpful.
We are hopeful that the unit in the GCC will increase in the coming days and weeks and months. & # 39;
He added that & # 39; President Trump and I both believe that the ongoing conflict in the region has continued for too long & # 39 ;.
Washington, which initially seemed to support the boycott of Qatar, has so far been unable to end the dispute.
Attempts to mediate have come to a standstill, as highlighted by the recent resignation of US envoy Anthony Zinni.
"It was time for change and he decided to move on, but America's commitment remains unchanged." Said Pompeo of Zinni.
For Washington, turning the page about the crisis is essential for the successful launch of the Strategic Alliance of the Middle East (MESA), a NATO-like security pact that includes the Gulf States as well as Egypt and Jordan.
The US and Qatar held the second & # 39; strategic dialogue on Sunday; between the two countries and signed agreements on defense, education and culture.
"This reflects the good and historical relationship between the two countries", said the Foreign Minister of Qatar.