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Pompeo says he will meet with Saudi crown prince

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US will meet with Saudi Crown and plans to address the killing of during his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, Pompeo said on Saturday to News.

"I'll say what we have said consistently," Pompeo said of Khashoggi's murder.

"America's position both privately and publicly is the same. This was an outrageous act, an unacceptable murder. Those who were responsible will be held accountable by the US."

"We're determined to do that. We're determined to get at the facts just as quickly and as comprehensively as we can," he continued in an interview he taped with CBS' ""

In December 2018, the passed a resolution condemning Saudi Arabia's Crown for the murder of Khashoggi, reports

The resolution stated that the "believes Crown is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi" and "calls for the government of the Kingdom of to ensure appropriate accountability for all those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi's murder."

In his interview, Pompeo said the US "value human rights all across the globe," and called the murder of "outrageous." He added that the US will "hold those responsible accountable."

"And then we'll talk about all the important things we do with the Kingdom of and all the support they provide to keep Americans in and and and in Washington, DC, safe," Pompeo added.

Pompeo previously told Al Arabiya that he would be heading to beginning Sunday.

When asked if it was a partnership or a friendship with Saudi Arabia, he told Al Arabiya, "Call it what you will. They've been great partners in the missions that we have asked them to assist us with.

"We understand that the murder of was a heinous, terrible act. We want to hold everyone responsible for that accountable," he said.

"We intend to do so. We started that already. But this relationship, this mutually beneficial relationship to create stability in the and to assist the US in executing things that keep the American people safe is very important. And I'm convinced the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be a great ally in doing so."



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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 05:22 IST