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Pompeo says Khashoggi murder violated international law

The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul was a violation of international law, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.

The top US diplomat nonetheless stresses that he wants to preserve the decades-old alliance with Saudi Arabia and declined explicitly to criticize Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been consolidating power.

In this image made from a March 2018 video provided by Metafora Production, Jamal Khashoggi speaks during an interview at an undisclosed location. (Metafora Production via AP)

“It’s an awful thing that took place,” Pompeo tells conservative talk show host Brian Kilmeade.

“The killing, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate in Turkey violates the norms of international law. That much is very, very clear,” he says.

— AFP

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