US secretary of state says investigation of journalist’s loss of life continues and people accountable will likely be held accountable

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Mike Pompeo spoke to CNN on the sidelines of the G20 summit. {Photograph}: Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Pictures

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, insisted on Saturday that “no direct proof” linked the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, to the loss of life of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pompeo is a former director of the CIA, which has reportedly concluded that Prince Mohammed ordered the homicide.

On Saturday, the Wall Avenue Journal reported that in keeping with the CIA, Prince Mohammed “despatched no less than 11 messages to his closest adviser, who oversaw the crew that killed … Khashoggi, within the hours earlier than and after the journalist’s loss of life”.

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Pompeo’s boss, Donald Trump, has disputed that the CIA has stated Prince Mohammed is guilty.

Khashoggi was a Saudi nationwide resident within the US who wrote for the Washington Put up. He was final seen coming into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. His physique is believed to have been dismembered. It has not been discovered.

The Saudi authorities has given contradictory explanations for the loss of life and denied that Prince Mohammed knew of it.

Pompeo spoke to CNN on Saturday, on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Buenos Aires beset by diplomatic embarrassment over the presence of the prince.

Requested if he believed the Saudis, he stated: “I’ve spoken about this lots. I proceed to work on this subject. President Trump and this administration sanctioned 17 those that we got here to be taught have been linked to the homicide – heinous homicide – of Jamal Khashoggi.

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“All throughout the US authorities we proceed to analyze, to attempt to be taught, to make determinations about what occurred, and we’ll proceed to carry these accountable accountable. We’ve been very clear, very clear about that since actually the very starting.”

Pompeo stated he wouldn’t touch upon “intelligence issues or CIA conclusions” and stated “experiences within the media … usually are unfaithful”.

However he added: “I’ve learn each piece of intelligence that’s within the possession of the US authorities, and when it’s executed, whenever you full that evaluation, there’s no direct proof linking [Prince Mohammed] to the homicide of Jamal Khashoggi. That’s an correct assertion, it is a crucial assertion, and it’s the assertion that we’re making publicly immediately.”

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Pompeo stated “the strategic relationship” with Saudi Arabia remained of paramount significance to the US.

Requested about rising opposition in Congress to US assist for Saudi Arabia’s navy effort within the civil battle in Yemen, he stated the US was working to finish hostilities however “this system that we’re concerned in immediately we intend to proceed”.

In Buenos Aires, French president Emmanuel Macron and British prime minister Theresa Might have been amongst leaders who stated they’d confronted Prince Mohammed.

The Turkish president, Recip Tayep Erdogan, stated the Khashoggi homicide was not formally talked about by any chief besides Justin Trudeau of Canada. He additionally stated Turkey has proof Khashoggi was killed in seven and a half minutes, and has shared that proof with nations together with the US, Britain, Germany and Saudi Arabia.

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