Pompeo: US understands Turkey's issues

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2019

The Trump administration's tepid response to the murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi serves as a green light for tyrants around the world to escalate their attacks on the media.

More than a dozen senators and members of the House of Representatives, including both Democrats and Republicans, spoke at an event in the US Capitol complex to celebrate a free press and remember Khashoggi and more than 50 other journalists killed around the world previous year.

Before his murder on October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Khashoggi, who was on self-imposed exile in the United States, wrote columns for the American newspaper, covering Saudi Arabian politics and wider geopolitical issues in the Arab world.

"If we decide that commercial interests should override the statements that we make and the actions that we take then we must admit that we have lost all moral authority", she said.

Some members of the Congress are pressuring President Donald Trump to re-evaluate relations with Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is widely suspected of ordering the killing. "Changes need to be made", he said.

His remarks come after on 2 October 2018, Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul upon entering to obtain marriage-related documents. Turkish and U.S. officials accuse Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of orchestrating the killing - an allegation Saudi authorities categorically refute.

Trump, who has cultivated a close relationship with the crown prince, told Reuters last month he stood by the prince despite the Central Intelligence Agency assessment.

Pompeo noted that the United States continues to investigate the Khashoggi's murder to ensure that those responsible for his death will be held responsible.

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