As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in
‘The timing of this is no coincidence,’ said an American official who spoke to
The money was a pledge Saudi Arabia made to the US in August for efforts to stabilize areas in
The source confirmed the payment had landed in the U.S. account Tuesday, as Pompeo touched down in Riyadh to meet with the Saudi Crown Prince who is accused of ordering a hit on Khashoggi.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pictured arriving in Riyadh Tuesday – the same day that a $100million pledge from the Saudi’s arrived in American accounts
Pompeo arrived in Riyadh to speak with Saudi Crown Prince about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who has been missing since October 2
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pictured shaking hands with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on Tuesday
The Saudi journalist has been missing since October 2, when he was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to sort out paperwork for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiancee.
Turkish officials say they have evidence the Washington Post columnist was brutally slain and dismembered inside the consulate by Saudi agents.
Some of the Saudi hit squad were said to be tied to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the New York Times reported.
Saudi leaders have denied harming Mr. Khashoggi, but have not provided a credible explanation of what happened to him.
Brett McGurk, a US envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State in Syria, told the Time’s the timing of the payment with Pompeo’s visit was coincidental.
‘The specific transfer of funds has been long in the process and has nothing to do with other events of the secretary’s visit,’ McGurk said.
Saudi Arabia has pledged $100million to the US in August for efforts to stabilize areas in Syria
A source told the New York Times of the payment: ‘The timing of this is no coincidence’
On Pompeo’s visit yesterday, he greeted the Crown Prince with smiles and a warm handshake.
Pompeo said after meeting with the Saudi royal family that officials in the kingdom told him their investigation into the disappearance and alleged killing won’t spare anyone, including royals.
‘They made no exceptions on who they would hold accountable,’ Pompeo said.
Meanwhile, Turkish newspaper, Yeni Safak, said it had heard audio recordings of Khashoggi being tortured during an interrogation, having his fingers cut off and then being decapitated.
It was reported that Saudi Consul General, Mohammad al-Otaibi could be heard on a tape saying during Khashoggi’s torture, ‘do this outside. You are going to get me in trouble’.
Pompeo flew to Turkey Wednesday fresh from talks in Riyadh where he held a 20-minute meeting with King Salman and a far longer meeting with his son Prince Mohammed.
He said before arriving in Turkey that in Saudi Arabia he stressed the ‘importance of them conducting a complete investigation into the disappearance’ and Riyadh had vowed to do this.
Saudi officials have denied any involvement in the journalist’s death