Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Saudi Arabia to meet King Salman

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Saudi Arabia to meet King Salman

President Donald Trump suggested Monday that “rogue killers” could be responsible

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, walks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir, after arriving in Riyadh

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Tuesday in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman over the disappearance of Saudi Jamal Khashoggi.

Pompeo landed in Riyadh in the morning and was greeted by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir and Saudi Ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid Bin Salman. Pompeo made no remarks to media on landing.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet king Salman today and will be having dinner with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman according to reporters traveling with him.

President Donald Trump, after speaking with King Salman, had dispatched Pompeo to hold talks with King Salman, for what the State Department described as “face to face meetings with the Saudi leadership”.

President Donald Trump suggested Monday that “rogue killers” could be responsible for the disappearance and presumed murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who hasn’t been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

Trump’s comment came after a 20-minute phone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in which Trump said the king adamantly denied any knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia vowed to retaliate

“The effort behind the scenes is focused on avoiding a diplomatic crisis between the two countries and has succeeded in finding a pathway to deescalate tensions,” said Ayham Kamel, the head of the Eurasia Group’s Mideast and North African practice to AP.