Saudi Ara­bia must hold Khashoggi's killers 'ac­count­able': Pom­peo

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WASH­ING­TON: US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said on Sun­day he will ask Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man to en­sure the killers of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi are held ac­count­able for their crime.

The top US diplo­mat, on an ex­ten­sive Mid­dle East tour, spoke ahead of a po­lit­i­cally sen­si­tive visit to Saudi Ara­bia, which has faced in­tense in­ter­na­tional scru­tiny over Khashoggi s mur­der in­side its Is­tan­bul con­sulate.

"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," Pom­peo told re­porters at a press con­fer­ence in Qatar. "So, we ll con­tinue to talk about that and make sure we have all the facts so that they are held ac­count­able, cer­tainly by the Saudis but by the United States as well."

Pom­peo is due to travel to Saudi Ara­bia later on Sun­day as part of an eight­day trip to Am­man, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Mus­cat, and fi­nally Kuwait City.

He was speak­ing to jour­nal­ists in Doha after meet­ing his Qatari coun­ter­part, Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Ab­dul­rah­man alThani. He will meet the Qatari emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad al-Thani, be­fore head­ing to Saudi Ara­bia.

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