U.S. Secretary of defense Mike Pompeo commented on his Tour through the Middle East, on the case of Khashoggi. We want to be sure that the person in charge of the murder case to be held responsible. In the case of Khashoggi had marred the relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia.
“We stay with the Prince, and the Saudis in the conversation to ensure that someone assumes in full the responsibility for the unacceptable murder of Jamal Khashoggi,” said Pompeo. “We will continue to talk about it and ensure that we know all the facts, so that the guilty are held accountable, primarily by the Saudis, but also from the United States, to the extent that is appropriate,” the US Secretary of defense during a stay in Qatar.
Pompeo calls for end of sanctions against Qatar
as far as the desert state of Qatar, submitted to the ongoing Boycott against the state of Saudi Arabia and its allies already “too long,” said Pompeo. In 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt had severed relations with Qatar. They accuse Qatar, the support of terrorist groups and too close to Saudi Arabia’s arch-rival Iran.
The Emirate is for the US an important ally. There, the largest American military in the Region base. On the air base Al-Udeid, more than 10,000 U.S. soldiers are stationed. Qatar is also the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas. The sanctions put the country’s economy under pressure.
attack against Trump’s predecessor, Obama in Cairo
Pompeo is currently on an extended trip through the Arab world. In Egypt, he gave a speech at the American University in Cairo, in which he accused the Trump predecessor, Barack Obama, to have the USA allied rulers in the Middle East left in the lurch.
a Total of Pompeo visited eight countries. The next target will be Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi was a critic of the Saudi crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), and also a columnist of the newspaper “Washington Post”. The US secret service had alleged that MbS is involved in the murder and had disposed of the fact.
The government-critical Journalist was on a visit to the saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul on 2. October disappeared. Saudi Arabia had initially denied that Khashoggi was killed in the Consulate. Later, the Kingdom said he was in a brawl in the diplomatic representation killed.
Turkey accuses Saudi Arabia, to have agents sent to Turkey, to assassinate the journalists. His body had been dismembered and disposed of. The corpse has not been found.
The case has damaged the international Reputation of the ultra-conservative Kingdom very and strained its relations with Western States.