Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

USA says Saudis still lack credible account of Khashoggi murder

USA says Saudis still lack credible account of Khashoggi murder

"The Secretary has been very consistent in engagements with Saudis ... to really push the two points of accountability and credibility, which is that the Saudis should have a credible narrative for what happened", said the official, who briefed reporters on Mr. Pompeo's trip.

"Despite reports to the contrary, false narratives surrounding the Syria decision, we are not going anywhere", the official said.

Bolton was to depart Friday for talks with "Israel and Turkey to discuss the withdrawal of United States forces from Syria", Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said.

"We, as you know, have been pressing for justice in the Khashoggi case for months now", she said, according to a statement released by her office.

Ahead of Pompeo's trip, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton was to depart Friday for talks with Israel and Turkey on how to move ahead.

France is opposed to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances. "But our overall goals in Syria remain the same, and key among those is.to see the withdrawal from Syria of all Iranian-commanded forces".

"The Saudis should have a credible narrative for what happened in the consulate and subsequent events", the United States official said Friday.

In the show's second installment, which first aired October 28, the California-bred Muslim-American comedian rebuked Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the slaying of renowned columnist Jamal Khashoggi and the US -backed, Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Netflix removed an episode of "Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj" in which Minhaj criticized the Kingdom's war in Yemen and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman over the slaughter of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, from its Saudi Arabian service.

In Riyadh, Pompeo is slated to meet Saudi leaders to discuss matters related to Yemen, Iran and Syria.

US officials say US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will emphasise the need for accountability and credibility in the investigation of the Washington Post columnist's killing as he visits the Middle East - including Saudi Arabia - next week.

But at the same time Prince Mohammed, whose right-hand aides were allegedly involved in the murder, was exonerated despite USA intelligence reportedly having evidence that he was behind it.

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