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US denied entry to 16 Saudis over Jamal Khashoggi murder, says Mike Pompeo

The announcement by Mike Pompeo comes as the Trump administration has faced pressure from Congress over its response to the killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October

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The United States on Monday barred entry to 16 Saudi nationals over what it described as their role in the murder of journalist

The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo comes as the administration of President Donald Trump has faced pressure from Congress over its response to the killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October, which sparked unprecedented scrutiny of the kingdom's human rights record.

Some US lawmakers have publicly stated that they suspect the powerful Crown Prince was directly responsible for the killing, based on the CIA's conclusions.

The State Department previously revoked the visas of nearly two dozen Saudi officials and froze the assets of 17 others.

First Published: Tue, April 09 2019. 05:40 IST
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