Pompeo helping Saudi royals see out Khashoggi fallout

Minnie Murray
November 20, 2018

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish president who has denounced Riyadh for the killing and hinted heavily at Prince Mohammed's culpability, is expected to be among the attendees.

Jubeir added that Riyadh had reached out to Ankara to hand over its evidence in the Khashoggi case to the Saudi public prosecution.

World leaders, many of whom are expected at the G20 summit, have strongly condemned Khashoggi's slaying and have urged Saudi Arabia to hold everyone involved in the killing accountable.

The CIA has concluded that the crown prince ordered Khashoggi's assassination but the US State Department, which Pompeo heads, is holding judgment, while Trump said at the weekend that the White house would have "a full report" on the killing within days.

"We will coordinate with United Nations organizations to deliver aid to those in need in Yemen", Al-Rabiah said, adding that the coalition countries had provided $18 billion in aid to help Yemen within three years. Trump has criticized the Saudi response to the killing, but has been reluctant to say definitively if he thinks the crown prince ordered it.

The remains of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the crown prince, have still not been located.

In the latest version, the Saudi prosecutor said a 15-member team went to Istanbul to bring Khashoggi back to the kingdom "by means of persuasion", but killed him instead in a rogue operation.

On November 9, the Pentagon announced that the USA would stop refueling Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombing the Houthis terrorists in Yemen, a move that came at the behest of the Sunni kingdom.

The king made the remarks on Monday in his annual policy speech to the kingdom's most senior officials, military officers, clerics and princes.

But shrugging off the scrutiny, the king and crown prince resumed an unprecedented domestic tour Monday with a visit to northern Tabuk region, as they seek to leverage links with different tribes and religious leaders and shore up support for the leadership. In a later conversation among the killers, one can be heard complaining about having to wear their victim's clothes, in an attempt to lay a false trail for investigators following Khashoggi's disappearance.

On Monday the king signaled that the crown prince remains empowered to pursue ambitious economic reforms, praising a "comprehensive developmental transformation" underway.

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