UPDATED 6:07 AM PT — Tues. Oct. 16, 2018
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Saudi Arabia, where he hopes to find answers about the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Pompeo touched down in the city of Riyadh Tuesday morning to meet with King Salman. His arrival comes just one day after President Trump spoke with the Saudi king about Khashoggi’s disappearance, which the king has denied having any part of.
The Washington Post columnist was last seen two weeks ago entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
On Monday a Turkish forensics team was seen entering the consulate to look for evidence that may lead to answers about Khashoggi’s alleged death.
A Saudi team later joined in the investigation as the two nations are working together to avoid hurting bilateral relations.
“Turkey doesn’t want to damage the relations with Saudi Arabia, but on the other hand it doesn’t want to — if he was killed — let this barbaric crime stay unpunished,” stated Turkish foreign policy analyst Ozcan Tikit. “Here is a very tiny line, not to damage relations, but also not to let the murderers stay unpunished.”
It is still unknown if any evidence was found during Monday’s search.