Trump administration denies giving Saudis ‘benefit of doubt’ over Jamal Khashoggi case

The United States secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has denied giving the Saudi regime the “benefit of the doubt” over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and claimed that the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was happy with Saudi cooperation in the investigation.

But Pompeo created clear that the Trump administration would take business ties and Saudi cooperation in the tried isolation of Islamic Republic of Iran into thought when formulating a response to Khashoggi’s disappearance and according murder.

Pompeo was talking to reporters after a gathering with Erdoğan and the Turkish secretary of state, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, in Ankara’s Esenboğa airfield. The secretary of state had flown there from Riyadh as a part of a mission to resolve the unanswered questions on the Saudi dissident journalist’s fate, and to contain the harm it had been doing to relations between the 3 countries.

The president on Wed called Kingdom of Saudi Arabia an important ally, noting it’s a very important client for U.S. military exports.

Turkish officers have said Khashoggi was dead in the Saudis’ Istanbul consulate, which Saudi officers have denied.

U.S. officers say they’re taking Khashoggi’s disappearance seriously, however Trump says he has not sent the Federal Bureau of Investigation, stressing that he wasn’t “American national.”

In an interview with The Associated press on Tues, Trump warned against a rush to judgment, comparison condemnation of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The Gulf kingdom is wide seen because the US’s most significant Arab ally in the Middle East. Donald Trump and his son in law Jared Kushner have fostered close ties with the country’s rulers.

In response to Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, over a dozen high-profile international executives have withdrawn from an oversized investment forum in Riyadh next week organized by the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund.

On Wed, G7 foreign ministers issued a joint statement urging Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to conduct a “a thorough, credible, clear, and prompt investigation”.

The cluster of ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the united kingdom and also the United States as well as a representative from the EU said that they were “very troubled by the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi”. The statement added: “Those bearing responsibility for his disappearance should be command to account.”

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, has also postponed a visit to the middle East that was to include the conference in Riyadh.

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