U.S. Gives KSA 'Few More Days' on Khashoggi
The United States will give Saudi Arabia "a few more days" to work on its probe into the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday.
Pompeo, who had just reported to President Donald Trump after traveling to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, told journalists that the Saudis assured him "they will conduct a complete, thorough investigation of all the facts."
Trump had put off a decision on what to do about the crisis in relations with its strategic Middle Eastern ally until Pompeo reported back his talks in Riyadh and Ankara.
"I told President Trump this morning we ought to give them a few more days to complete that so that we, too, have a complete understanding of the facts surrounding that, at which point we can make decisions how or if the United States should respond to the incident surrounding Mr. Khashoggi," Pompeo said.
Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi regime as well as a U.S. resident and a Washington Post columnist, disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for documents he needed to get married.
Turkish officials were reported to be in possession of an audio recording demonstrating that he was tortured, murdered and dismembered by a Saudi assassination team inside the consulate.