Pompeo lands in Saudi Arabia to meet with king

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh

The US-Saudi relationship is now in question given the apparent assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives at their Istanbul-based consulate, which has been reported as an interrogation gone wrong.

The statement would pin blame on intelligence officials rather than Saudi leaders, alleging that an interrogation attempt had gone wrong and Khashoggi, who is a USA resident and an opinion writer at the Washington Post, was killed without authorization.

Bachelet stopped short of calling for an independent worldwide investigation, unlike Khashoggi's family, who late on Monday released a statement after a long period of silence. "I don't want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", said Trump, adding that he hoped to get to the bottom of the matter soon. This guy's got to go.

But the U.S. president also said "rogue killers" could be behind the disappearance and that King Salman had told him Saudi Arabia is "working closely with Turkey to find answers". "But that can't happen until there is a full accounting of Khashoggi's disappearance, and until the United States receives assurances that Saudi Arabia will be a much more responsible ally".

Khashoggi has not been seen since he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to sort out marriage paperwork.

"He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer".

"We are strong and old allies", the prince told Pompeo.

"When I woke up in the morning before we were supposed to go to Saudi Arabia we were informed of what was happening and it just didn't feel like a good time to be getting involved with that".

The high-level Turkish official told the AP that police found "certain evidence" of Khashoggi's slaying at the consulate, without elaborating.

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Talks between the Turkish foreign ministry and the Saudi diplomatic mission in Ankara resulted in Riyadh vowing to allow a probe into the consul-general's home. That convention covers diplomatic immunity, as well as the idea that embassies and consulates sit on foreign soil in their host countries.

The chief executive of Clariant, which has Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) as its anchor shareholder, said rising tensions about Khashoggi could hit the Swiss speciality chemicals maker. Turkey fears Khashoggi was killed and dismembered at the consulate.

CNN saw a cleaning crew enter the main consulate building on Monday before Turkish officials, including a forensics team, arrived to begin their investigation.

Following the telephonic talks between US President Donlad Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman, Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State has landed in Riyadh.

Pompeo is scheduled to have dinner Tuesday night with the crown prince, who is known both for his attempts to reform and modernize the kingdom, but also for a wave of arrests and executions that followed his installation as the heir to his father.

Khashoggi disappeared two weeks ago at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

USA media reported on Monday that the oil-rich kingdom is considering an admission that Khashoggi died after an interrogation that went wrong during an intended abduction.

That could, like Trump's comments, seek to give the kingdom a way out of the global firestorm of criticism over Khashoggi's fate. "I've heard that report but nobody's knows if it's an official report". The U.S. president has been after King Salman and OPEC to boost production to drive down high oil prices, caused in part by the coming re-imposition of oil sanctions on Iran.

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