Saudi King Salman receives US Secretary of State

King Salman receives US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (SPA)
Updated 22 October 2017
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Saudi King Salman receives US Secretary of State

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman received US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at Al-Yamamah Palace on Sunday.
During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations, prospects of cooperation between the two countries and latest developments in the region.
The meeting was attended by Saudi Ambassador to the US, Prince Khaled bin Salman, Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State and Cabinet Member Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir.
On the American side, the meeting was attended by Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State, Margaret J.A. Peterlin, Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Riyadh, Christopher Henzel, and a number of officials.


Turkey and US strongly deny sharing 'any audio recording'

Updated 19 October 2018
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Turkey and US strongly deny sharing 'any audio recording'

  • Secretary of State says report he had listened to a recording of Jamal Khashoggi’s death was false
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also denied sharing any audio recordings with US officials

LONDON: Turkey and the United States denied on Friday that Ankara had shared with Washington an audio recording related to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said an ABC News report, citing an unnamed source, that he had listened to a recording of Khashoggi’s death while in Istanbul on Wednesday was false. 

Pompeo, who also visited Saudi Arabia this week, said he had neither seen nor heard such a recording.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also denied sharing any audio recordings with US officials.

“It is out of the question for Turkey to give Pompeo or any other US official any audio recording,” Cavusoglu said during a visit to Tirana, Albania. “It is out of the question for us to share with any country this or that information.”

“Of course, as a result of the investigation so far, Turkey does have some information and evidence," he said. "We will share them with the world when they become fully clear because the whole world, understandably, wants to know what happened to Khashoggi and how it happened.”

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce. 

Saudi Arabia and Turkey are carrying out a joint investigation into the disappearance.

On Thursday, Turkey called on the public to ignore any information claiming to be leaked from the case.

Since Khashoggi’s disappearance there has been a flurry of stories claiming to be based on leaks from the probe.

Pompeo said on Thursday they had given Saudi Arabia more time to complete the investigation to make sure they have a complete understanding of the facts.