Saudi Arabia has committed itself to doing justice to the murderers of Jamal Khashoggi's face – despite the fact that they have already acquitted the crown prince accused by many of his murder.
Civil servants to the Arab Kingdom assured US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that an investigation into the murder of the journalist was underway when he visited Riyadh on Monday.
Pompeo said that while he spoke with Bin Salman and his father, King Salman, he made it clear that the US expects that & # 39; each person & # 39; is responsible for the court.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that he expects & # 39; each person & # 39; involved in Khashoggi & # 39; s death in court will appear
The top diplomat of America also raised the issue with King Salman (right), who is technically the ruler of Saudi Arabia, although bin Salman is in control
Our expectations are clear from the start: every person responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi must be held accountable, & # 39; he said.
He added that the Saudis understood and repeated promises to continue the case, wherever it leads.
Pompeo, however, would not comment on the US intelligence services, suggesting that the crown prince may have ordered the killing.
Saudi Arabia currently has 11 men in court for killing Khashoggi – who was strangled and then torn apart at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul – including five of those who risked the death penalty.
But the kingdom has refused to appoint the accused in the midst of reports that they include close assistants of Bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia has also refused to involve Bin Salman in killing, instead blaming rogue elements & # 39; from the state.
But the US Senate, who gained access to evidence collected by FBI director Gina Haspell in Istanbul shortly after the murder, has adopted a two-fold resolution that directly blames Bin Salman for the murder.
They have called Riyadh to account for & # 39; & # 39; for the prince, and for America to stop giving help to the Saudi war in Yemen.
By contrast, President Trump has made it clear that he is unwilling to sacrifice America's trade relations with Saudi during the death of Khashoggi, who lived in the US and worked when he was killed.
Pompeo's visit to Saudi Arabia is part of an extensive eight-day trip to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat and finally Kuwait City.
Pompeo (pictured with the Saudi Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir, center) said that he also mentioned the fate of imprisoned women's rights activists
Pompeo visited Saudi Arabia as part of an extensive tour through the Middle East, which will also take him to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat and Kuwait City.
Riyadh prosecutors have announced indictments against 11 people and are looking for the death penalty against five of them.
But they have acquitted Prince Mohammed, whose assistants on the right were allegedly involved in the murder.
Pompeo also confirmed that he raised the fate of imprisoned women's rights activists with the Saudis, although it is not clear
Law groups have summoned Pompeo to prosecute Prince Mohammed on the imprisonment of female activists in the kingdom, amid claims that some of them were confronted with sexual harassment and torture during interrogation.
I am impressed by what is not in Pompeo's itinerary: the brave female activists of Saudi Arabia, who are being held in the prisons of the kingdom for the search for rights and dignity & # 39; , wrote Alia al-Hathloul in The New York Times Sunday.
The sister of Hathloul, Loujain, is one of the more than a dozen activists arrested last May – just before the historic lifting of the decades-long ban on female drivers by Saudi Arabia.
Pompeo met the Emir Sheikh of the Emir, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, on Sunday during his visit to Doha, where he refused to comment on reports that Washington had recently considered military action against Tehran.
He also called on Qatar and other Gulf Arab countries to end their worst political gap for years, which has seen Doha become diplomatic and economically isolated by neighboring former allies over the last 19 months.
Jamal Khashoggi lived and worked as a journalist in America when he was tortured and killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, 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. & # 39;
He added that & # 39; President Trump and I both believe that the ongoing conflict in the region has continued for too long & # 39 ;.
Mediation efforts by the United States, which initially seemed to confirm the boycott of Qatar, have come to a standstill, as highlighted by the recent resignation of the American emissary Anthony 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.