Saudi leadership, Pompeo agree ‘thorough, transparent investigation’ into Khashoggi disappearance

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with King Salman in the Saudi capital on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Pompeo met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Riyadh’s royal palace. (SPA)
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with King Salman in the Saudi capital on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Pompeo met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Riyadh’s royal palace. (SPA)
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The US chief diplomat was greeted at Riyadh airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman. (SPA)
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with King Salman in the Saudi capital on Tuesday. (SPA)
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The US chief diplomat was greeted at Riyadh airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman. (SPA)
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The US chief diplomat was greeted at Riyadh airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman. (SPA)
Updated 17 October 2018
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Saudi leadership, Pompeo agree ‘thorough, transparent investigation’ into Khashoggi disappearance

  • Pompeo thanked King Salman for his commitment to a thorough, transparent investigation
  • The crown prince assured Pompeo that the US and Saudi Arabia are "old, strong allies"

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew into Riyadh on Tuesday for talks with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the case of the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pompeo had a brief meeting with the king before a lengthy, 40-minute discussion with the crown prince. “We are strong and old allies. We face our challenges together,” the crown prince said as he warmly welcomed Pompeo to the Saudi capital. Later Prince Mohammed also discussed the investigation in a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump.

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir also had talks with Pompeo. “The secretary and the foreign minister agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said later.

Pompeo will travel to Turkey on Wednesday to meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen 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 have set up a joint team to investigate the disappearance.

Officers from the team searched the consulate in Istanbul for eight hours overnight on Monday, and left at 5 a.m. on Tuesday.


Yemen govt to attend peace talks in Sweden, Houthis halt missile attacks

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Yemen govt to attend peace talks in Sweden, Houthis halt missile attacks

  • The Iran-backed rebels ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks
  • It cessation was done at the request of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths

DUBAI: The legitimate government of Yemen has agreed to participate in the peace talks set to be held in Sweden “soon,” Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said during his opening speech at the Kingdom’s Shoura Council on Monday. 

The Kings statement came hours after a senior leader of the Houthi militia said the group would stop firing missiles into Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts.
The Houthi leader, Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, said the Iran-backed rebels ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks on the Saudis and forces loyal to coalition member the United Arab Emirates at the request of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths.
The statement was carried by militia-controlled media early on Monday.
Griffiths announced on Friday that both sides had agreed to attend talks in Sweden “soon” aimed at ending the three-year war. The announcement followed an informal de-escalation last week around the key port city of Hodeidah.
At the time Martin Griffiths told UN Security Council members: “This is a crucial moment for Yemen.”