Pompeo stresses long-term strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia

  • Pompeo stresses long-term strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia

Pompeo stresses long-term strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia

And with that being said, Saudi Arabia has been a very important ally of ours in the Middle East.

The Post initially held off on publishing the column amid hope for Khashoggi's return, the paper's Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah said in a note at the top of the essay. "We're just going to allow the process to move forward, the facts to unfold and, as we make determination for ourselves, the United States will decide what the appropriate response will be".

Turkish police completed an overnight search of the consulate and consul's residence, where investigators were seen carrying away boxes of material. According to Turkish officials, audio recordings show that Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured and killed by Saudi intelligence officers inside the consulate.

According to The Washington Post, the family's statement had read, "We are sadly and anxiously following the conflicting news regarding the fate of our father after losing contact with him two weeks ago, when he disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.Our family is traumatised, and yearns to be together during this painful time".

Riyadh insists that he left the consulate safely. "If it exists we have asked for it", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

The letter cited decades of business deals and asked Trump to provide information regarding recent and future financial ties to Saudi Arabia.

"You know we need Saudi Arabia in terms of our fight against all of the terrorism, everything that's happening in Iran and other places".

President Donald Trump's previous warnings over the case drew an angry response Sunday from Saudi Arabia and its state-linked media, including a suggestion that Riyadh could wield its oil production as a weapon.

Mr Trump has previously vowed to inflict "severe punishment" on Saudi Arabia if it was behind Mr Khashoggi's killing - but also said he is against cancelling military contracts with Riyadh.

Mr. Trump pushed back against critics who say he's letting Saudi Arabia get away with murder in the name of preserving the massive economic relationship between the country; the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom is the biggest purchaser of USA military hardware, and while some major American businesses have begun distancing themselves from the Saudis, the royal family remains a massive investor in the U.S.

Saudi officials arrive at the residence of Saudi Arabia's Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi in Istanbul, Oct. 17, 2018. He was allegedly killed during an interrogation inside the consulate, media outlets have reported.

The New York Times had reported that Mutreb had travelled extensively with the Crown Prince, perhaps as a bodyguard.

Meanwhile, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has become the latest high-profile figure to withdraw from a major Saudi investment conference next week following Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

U.S. media and officials have called on Ankara to release the evidence, but the Turkish investigators have not done so yet.