Khashoggi murder: Pompeo says 'no direct evidence' implicates Saudi prince

Saul Bowman
December 2, 2018

Killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul has been a test for many countries, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at a press conference at the G20 summit Saturday.

Trump was criticized broadly for his response to the Washington Post journalist's death, with the president citing an arms deal as reason to maintain good relations with Saudi Arabia despite the incident.

French President Emmanuel Macron is welcomed by Argentina's President Mauricio Macri as he arrives for the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 30, 2018.

The UK imports from Saudi Arabia amounted to some £3 billion with crude oil making up about half of the total.

World leaders have been virtually unanimous in their condemnation of Saudi Arabia for its role in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul. Turkey handed it to the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom - all those who wanted.

Watchers were left without this crucial morsel of body language right after Trump announced he would not meet Putin officially, as he had planned to, citing the recent Russia-Ukraine navy scuffle off the Crimean shores. Other world leaders, such as South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump, can be seen walking past in the background of the footage.

Video of their meeting shows the two speaking in hushed tones with their heads close together, Mr Macron looking the crown prince in the eye and Prince Mohammed nodding his head and at times smiling.

At one point, President Trump can be seen walking behind the two leaders, paying them no attention.

French President Emmanuel Macron told the prince in a separate meeting that Europeans will insist on global experts being part of the investigation into Khashoggi's killing.

Pompeo spoke to CNN on Saturday, on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Buenos Aires beset by diplomatic embarrassment over the presence of the prince.

But Trudeau said his biggest concern was the situation in Yemen, where a humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the midst of a long, destructive war between a Saudi-led coalition supporting the Yemeni government and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

The Saudi royal sent the messages to Saud al-Qahtani, who is thought to have supervised the 15-man team that killed Khashoggi.

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