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.


Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief receives Chinese envoy to Saudi Arabia

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Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief receives Chinese envoy to Saudi Arabia

  • The OIC chief said his organization strongly rejects terrorism in all its forms

Chinese Ambassador Chen Weiqing on Tuesday called on Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, the secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at his office in Jeddah. 

They discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation and strategies to counter the menace of terrorism and extremism.

The OIC chief said his organization strongly rejects terrorism in all its forms. He said the OIC believes in living in harmony with other people to achieve peace and justice.

The Chinese envoy to Saudi Arabia expressed his country’s aspirations to strengthen relations with the OIC.