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US Secretary of State Pompeo in Riyadh for talks with Saudis | Saudi Arabia News



US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Saudi Arabia on the final leg of his regional tour, with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the blockade of neighboring Qatar at the top of the agenda.

The top US arrives Monday morning The diplomat arrived in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, where he will meet King Salman bin Abdul Aziz having met the representatives of Qatar in Doha the day before would have.

During this visit, Pompeo called for an end to the 19-month blockade of Qatar by a quartet of Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

Analysis: Pompeo presses for cessation of Gulf dispute during visit to Qatar (7:00)

The bloc accuses him of Qatar supporting groups has banned it as "terrorist groups", a lawsuit denied by Doha.

"We are all more powerful when we work together and disputes are limited," Pompeo said at a joint press conference with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani on Sunday.

Attempts to mediate between Qatar and the blocking nations have stalled, as highlighted by the recent resignation of US Envoy Anthony Zinni, who stopped for the region on account of an apparent "lack of will" on behalf of "regional leaders" Reconciliation.

Murder of Khashoggi

Also at the top of the agenda is the murder of Saudi journalist Khashoggi in October last year at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The assassination of the Washington Post columnist by a Saudi Arabian hit team sparked international outrage, particularly among US media and politicians.

Western intelligence agencies, including the CIA, have strongly hinted that killing without the permission of Saudi Crown could not have been done Prince Mohammed bin Salman .

US politicians are calling for harsh measures against the prince, but so far President Donald Trump and Pompeo have been reluctant to directly sentence the king or institute punitive measures.

Instead, Pompeo has called on the Saudis to ensure that Khashoggi's killers are brought to justice and prevented Prince Mohammed from being involved.

It is unclear whether Pompeo will meet Prince Mohammed in Riyadh on Monday. As an insider of the royal family, Khashoggi was on the wrong side of the Crown Prince when he publicly criticized his policies.

Pompeo becomes Oman n The US State Department, however, said he would stop his tour and miss a planned visit to Kuwait for a death in his family. He added that he would visit the country "at a pleasant time".

in Syria and Yemen, while the US seeks to ensure a united front against Iran, which he accuses of extending his political and military footprint in the Middle East. (2:35)


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