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US reportedly gave bin Salman 72 hours to ‘own’ Khashoggi, time is up

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Mike Pompeo meets with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
U.S.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with the Saudi Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 16,
2018.

Reuters

  • Mike Pompeo reportedly gave Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin
    Salman 72 hours to explain what happened to journalist Jamal
    Khashoggi on Tuesday.
  • That time is now up — and the Saudis haven’t said anything
    further about his mysterious disappearance.
  • The meeting was at around 3 p.m. local time in Riyadh on
    Tuesday, meaning the deadline hit at 8 a.m New York time on
    Friday.
  • Khashoggi was a US resident and often criticized the Saudi
    regime in his Washington Post columns. 
  • He went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this
    month, and never came out. The Saudis are suspected of foul play.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly gave Saudi Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman 72 hours to “own” the Jamal Khashoggi
disaster, and as of 8 a.m. EDT on Friday his time is up.

In the meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday — which finished at around 3
p.m. Saudi time — Pompeo told the Crown Prince he must
“own” the disaster and has 72 hours to sort it out, an
Axios
 source
said
.

The deadline has just passed, and the Saudi regime has yet
to come forward with new information or an explanation that holds
water.

At the meeting, Pompeo told the Crown Prince that time was
“limited” because of
rising global pressure to solve the mystery
, the Axios report
says. 

The meeting lasted between 30-45 minutes and the pair dined
together that evening too,
CNN reported


Jamal Khashoggi
Jamal
Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist, is missing and presumed
dead.

Reuters

A US
State Department press release from Pompeo on Tuesday
said
President Donald Trump told him it was “essential to determine
what happened to Jamal Khashoggi,” and Pompeo wrote in the press
release that he “had done just that.”

Pompeo wrote: “I emphasized the importance of conducting a
thorough, transparent, and timely investigation, and the Saudi
leadership pledged to deliver precisely on that.”

The exact start time of the meeting was not revealed by the US
State Department or Saudi authorities, but live reports from
journalists in Riyadh, and press photographs from news agency
Reuters, place the meeting’s end at around 3 p.m. local time.

The Daily Beast on Tuesday reported that Saudi
officials
plan to pin Khashoggi’s death on an unnamed Saudi two-star
general
, citing two anonymous sources familiar with the
matter.

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