Relationship with Saudi must go forward - Pompeo

Saturday, 12. January 2019 23:16

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia "must go forward" in spite of its government's apparent implication in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "President Trump's made it clear since the immediate aftermath of this murder that the relationship is broader and deeper and bigger than that. We absolutely have expectations when things go wrong, when heinous acts have occurred, people need to be held accountable for those. But this relationship predated that," Pompeo told Saudi news channel Al Arabiya.

"We understand that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was a heinous, terrible act. We want to hold everyone responsible for that accountable. We intend to do so. We started that already. But this relationship, this mutually beneficial relationship to create stability in the Middle East and to assist the United States in executing things that keep the American people safe is very important. And I'm convinced the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be a great ally in doing so," Pompeo added ahead of his trip to Saudi Arabia.

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