Saudis promise nobody exempt in missing journalist probe, says Pompeo

Saudi leadership strongly denied knowledge of what took place in the consulate
Saudis promise nobody exempt in missing journalist probe, says Pompeo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on October 16 2018 Photo: LEAH MILLIS/AFP/Getty Images.
Wed 17 Oct 2018 10:51 AM

Saudi Arabia has promised that no one will be exempt from the enquiry into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday.

Asked if a member of the Saudi royal family might conceivably be held accountable in the case, Pompeo said after talks in Riyadh: "They made no exceptions to who they would hold accountable".

"My assessment from these meetings is that there is serious commitment to determine all the facts and ensure accountability, including accountability for Saudi Arabia's senior leaders or senior officials," Pompeo said in a statement.

The crown prince "pledged that the work of the Saudi public prosecutor will produce a full and complete conclusion with full transparency for the world to see," Pompeo added.

After a full day of talks, a statement from Pompeo and a tweet by Trump said that the Saudi leadership "strongly denied knowledge of what took place" in the consulate, without outright rejecting that an incident occurred.

In his comments to reporters, Pompeo described his talks in Saudi Arabia as "incredibly successful" because, he said, the Saudis had promised a thorough and transparent probe.

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