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Pompeo's Request for Khashoggi's Son: Granted

Travel ban in Saudi Arabia apparently lifted, Salah Khashoggi is now in US
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2018 9:47 AM CDT
In this photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, shakes hands with Salah Khashoggi, a son of Jamal Khashoggi, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday.   (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

(Newser) – When Mike Pompeo met with the Saudis in Riyadh earlier this month, the secretary of state made one specific request, per a State Department rep: "He wanted Salah Khashoggi returned to the United States." Reuters reports that now appears to have taken place, with sources saying Salah Khashoggi—the son of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi—and his family arrived Thursday in Washington, DC, where his mother and three siblings are located. Salah Khashoggi, who's both a US and Saudi citizen, had previously been banned from leaving Saudi Arabia; the BBC notes it's not clear how long he'll stay in the US. Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, reportedly under 24-hour police protection in Turkey, is also making news, said to have turned down an invite from President Trump to visit the White House, per Reuters.

The reason, she told Haberturk TV: She doesn't feel the US is being genuine in wanting to solve her fiance's murder, and that a White House visit would merely be a calculated PR op. Meanwhile, the president of Turkey was making his own demands. "It is clear that [Jamal Khashoggi] has been killed, but where is it? You have to show the body," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters Friday, per CBS News, directing his comments to Saudi leadership. Khashoggi was apparently killed on Turkish soil, and Erdogan also made reference to the 18 suspects Saudi Arabia says it has in custody. "If you cannot get them to speak … then hand them over to us and let us put them on trial," Erdogan said. (Before he departed Saudi Arabia, Salah Khashoggi was forced to endure a jarring handshake.)

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