"They reiterated their commitment to achieve the objective, the expectations we set for them".
"We will continue to have a conversation with the crown prince and the Saudis about ensuring the accountability is full and complete with respect to the unacceptable murder of Jamal Khashoggi", Pompeo told reporters in Qatar, before flying to Riyadh.
Secretary of State Michael Pompeo met with Saudi rulers in Riyadh on Monday, and underscored that the USA expects the country to get to the bottom of the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul previous year. The Trump administration has been adamant that there is no established connection to Saudi's crown prince in the killing.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks with Mike Pompeo.
Pompeo also said that President Donald Trump's threat to devastate North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey's economy if it attacks US -backed Kurdish fighters in Syria underscored America's commitment to its Kurd partners.
Gas-rich Qatar says the boycott is aimed at undermining its sovereignty and it has started charting a course away from its Gulf neighbors, including forging new trade partnerships, strengthening ties with Turkey and quitting OPEC.
"I want to talk to you about a couple of places we've been. I think the president's comments this morning are consistent with that".
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In Riyadh, he also tried to impress upon leaders the importance of a political solution to the conflict in Yemen, the Arab world's most impoverished country, and the need to step up efforts to counter Iran's increasing assertiveness in the region, manifested by its support for Lebanon's militant Hezbollah movement, Syria's government of President Bashar Assad, Shiite militias in Iraq and the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
"We talked about the fact that work done in Sweden on Yemen was good but we need both sides to honour those commitments".
However, Trump has said Washington wants to preserve the alliance with the oil-rich kingdom, which he sees as a bulwark against common foe Iran and a lucrative buyer of USA arms. Her sister has urged the US government to press with more urgency for the release of women's rights activists who have been jailed.
The ongoing dispute between Qatar and four of America's other close Arab partners will also feature in Pompeo's talks as it continues to be a major hindrance in a USA -led effort to unite the Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Jordan in a military alliance to counter Iran.
The sister of activist Loujain al-Hathloul has described how she was tortured and threatened, at times by the same royal adviser implicated in the Khashoggi murder.
Pompeo's visit came as human rights groups have been calling on Saudi Arabia to provide independent global monitors access to detained female prisoners amid mounting reports of torture and sexual harassment in Saudi prisons. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland has called on Saudi Arabia to release its women's rights activists. But Prince Mohammed, whose right-hand aides were allegedly involved in the murder, was exonerated by prosecutors.
Dozens of other activists, intellectuals and clerics have also been arrested in an apparent bid to stamp out opposition to Prince Mohammed, who has consolidated power including with a sweeping anti-corruption campaign.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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