UCF Global Perspectives


Pompeo Meets with Erdogan Amid Khashoggi Disappearance

David Callahan, Sibille H. Pritchard Global Peace Fellow

October 18, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the missing Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi (BBC). This is after multiple news outlets worldwide have reported the Saudi Arabian government murdered the journalist. Pompeo held separate meetings with the Turkish president as well as foreign minister, the latter saying talks were “beneficial and fruitful” (BBC). Pompeo had previously met with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Tuesday to discuss the missing journalist (AP2). Pompeo claimed the Saudi leadership promised accountability regarding the journalist, and will charge anyone in the leadership who is connected to the disappearance (NBC).

US President Donald Trump has stood by the Saudi leadership in the wake of this event, but various US congressional figures have dissented, such as South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Florida Senator Marco Rubio (AP1). Yeni Safak, the Turkish newspaper that broke many of the alleged details from anonymous Turkish officials, claims Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul (AP2). Citing surveillance video and an alleged tape of the torture and murder, the newspaper claims Saudi officials – including the consul – orchestrated the murder (AP2). US media outlets are accepting certain levels of these claims, particularly that Khashoggi might have been killed in a botched interrogation (Reuters).








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