Pompeo holds 45-minute talk with Saudi crown prince: report

Pompeo holds 45-minute talk with Saudi crown prince: report
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoJilani: China 'sending clear message' to Biden officials with sanctions that opposition could lead to 'future pay cut' New Israeli envoy arrives in Washington, turning page on Trump era Biden ousts controversial head of US Agency for Global Media MORE met Monday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for 45 minutes, according to The Associated Press.

Pompeo, who also reportedly met for 35 minutes with Saudi King Salman, told reporters that the Trump administration expects "every single person" responsible for the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be held accountable, according to the AP.


“We spoke about human rights issues here in Saudi Arabia, women activists,” Pompeo said. “We spoke about the accountability and the expectations that we have. The Saudis are friends and when friends have conversations you tell them what your expectations are.”

“Our expectations have been clear from early on: every single person who has responsibility for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi needs to be held accountable,” Pompeo added. 

Pompeo did not, however, comment on reports that U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that the crown prince ordered the killing.

Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October, and it is believed that the murder couldn't have taken place without the knowledge and approval of the crown prince. But the Trump administration has been hesitant to place blame on him.

In addition to meeting with the Saudi king and crown prince, Pompeo also met during his visit to the country with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Prince Khalid bin Salman.

Pompeo and those officials discussed "the importance of continuing to support political progress" toward peace in Yemen and "the need for continued regional efforts to stand against" Iran, the State Department said in a statement

Pompeo's visit to Saudi Arabia was made as part of an eight-day trip to the Middle East. Pompeo is canceling the last leg of his trip, a visit to Kuwait on Tuesday, because of a death in his family.