Saudis Promise Pompeo “Accountability” in Khashoggi Case
Still trying to find political cover in the case of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Saudi officials promised visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that everyone involved would be brought to justice. Responding to intense criticism of the Trump administration for failing to hold the Saudis responsible for the killing, the SecState told reporters that he raised human rights issues in his talks with the kingdom’s leaders. He also said that the United States was not satisfied with Saudi efforts in a number of areas including the crackdown on so-called dissidents and the jailing and rumored torture of women’s rights activists. Secretary Pompeo also encouraged his hosts to end the rift between a Saudi-led group of Gulf states and Qatar which he said has gone on too long and is threatening stability of the region.