US pres­sures Saudi prince over em­bassy killing of dis­si­dent jour­nal­ist

Saudi’s jour­nal­ist killers must be held to ac­count

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RIYADH: US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo ar­rived in Riyadh on Sun­day to press Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man to hold the killers of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi ac­count­able.

The top US diplo­mat, on an ex­ten­sive Mid­dle East tour, em­barked on his sec­ond po­lit­i­cally sen­si­tive visit to Saudi Ara­bia since Mr Khashoggi’s mur­der in­side its Is­tan­bul con­sulate sparked an in­ter­na­tional out­cry. “We will con­tinue to have a con­ver­sa­tion with the crown prince and the Saudis about en­sur­ing the ac­count­abil­ity is full and com­plete with re­spect to the un­ac­cept­able mur­der of Ja­mal Khashoggi,” Mr Pom­peo said in Qatar, be­fore fly­ing to the Saudi cap­i­tal.

“We’ll ... make sure we have all the facts so that they are held ac­count­able, cer­tainly by the Saudis, but by the United States as well.”

Af­ter land­ing in Riyadh, Mr Pom­peo pushed for Saudi Ara­bia to con­tinue its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der, in talks with Adel al-Jubeir, min­is­ter of state for for­eign af­fairs, and the Saudi Am­bas­sador to Washington, Prince Khalid bin Sal­man. Mr Khashoggi, a Washington Post con­trib­u­tor, was mur­dered on Oc­to­ber 2 in what Saudi Ara­bia called a “rogue” op­er­a­tion.

Mr Pom­peo’s visit to Saudi Ara­bia, where he will be hosted by Prince Mo­hammed, is part of an eight-day trip to Am­man, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Mus­cat and Kuwait City. US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has brushed aside in­ter­na­tional ou­trage to stand by Prince Mo­hammed over the mur­der of Mr Khashoggi, whose corpse was dis­mem­bered at the con­sulate.

His sup­port has come de­spite the US Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency’s re­ported con­clu­sion that Prince Mo- hammed very likely or­dered the mur­der. A bi­par­ti­san res­o­lu­tion ap­proved by the US Se­nate last month also held the crown prince re­spon­si­ble for the killing.

Riyadh pros­e­cu­tors have an­nounced in­dict­ments against 11 peo­ple and are seek­ing the death penalty against five of them. But Prince Mo­hammed, whose right-hand aides were al­legedly in­volved in the mur­der, was ex­on­er­ated.

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