US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 16, 2018. Photograph:( Reuters )
After meeting Saudi officials including Crown Prince Salman over the issue of disappeared journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo arrived in Turkey today.
Jamal Khashoggi, a US resident, had disappered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as Turkey blamed Saudi Arabia of killing the journalist. The Saudi government denied any involvement in his disapperence.
Pompeo who arrived at Ankara's Esenboga Airport will be meeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to convey Prince Salman's message and gain first-hand knowledge of the latest on the investigation concerning the missing journalist.
After talking to Saudi officials, Pompeo had said: "They made no exceptions to who they would hold accountable." Pompeo declared that the talks were "incredibly successful" with Saudi Arabia promising a "transparent probe".
Meanwhile, President Trump said Saudi Arabia should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
"Here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent," he said, adding, "I don't like that. We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I'm concerned."
The US president had earlier threatened "severe punishment" if it is proved that Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate.