RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Saudi Arabia‘s king and crown prince in Riyadh on Monday, however will reduce quick the remainder of his Center East journey to attend a household funeral, a State Division spokesman stated.

Pompeo will return dwelling after conferences in Oman as a substitute of travelling on to Kuwait, deputy spokesman Robert Palladino stated. US officers stated the demise was within the household of his spouse, who accompanied him on the journey and can return with him.

The highest US diplomat met individually with King Salman for 35 minutes and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for an additional 45 minutes, in accordance with reporters travelling with him.

The US Embassy in Riyadh tweeted that Pompeo and the crown prince had agreed on the necessity for a continued de-escalation in Yemen and adherence to agreements made final month at talks in Sweden to finish a virtually four-year civil struggle between Yemen’s Saudi-backed authorities and the Iranian-aligned Houthis.

Pompeo has stated he would additionally focus on the investigation into the homicide of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi contained in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October, however no particulars of that dialogue had been instantly out there.

A CIA evaluation has blamed Prince Mohammed for ordering the killing of Khashoggi, a longtime royal insider who had grow to be a critic of the crown prince, although Saudi officers deny the prince ordered the homicide.

The killing has sparked the dominion’s worst political disaster in a technology, strained ties with Western allies together with america, and centered consideration on Prince Mohammed’s home crackdown on dissent and the struggle in Yemen.


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