US secretary of state arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks over missing journalist

Riyadh ,Oct 16 (UNI) US secretary of state Mike Pompeo was received at Riyadh airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir and ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman on Tuesday.

The US chief diplomat was greeted at Riyadh airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir and ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman, reports TRT World.

Pompeo’s visit comes a day after Riyadh warned against slapping economic sanctions or using political pressure on Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case. 

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and US resident who became increasingly critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not been seen since he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to sort out marriage paperwork.

US President Donald Trump suggested that rogue killers could be behind the disappearance of the journalist.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is preparing a report that would admit Khashoggi was killed as the result of an interrogation that went wrong, CNN and the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing unnamed sources.

Last week, the US President threatened to impose “severe punishment” on Saudi Arabia if it turns out that Riyadh is behind the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.