However, Iran has denied its involvement in the attacks after its allied Yemeni rebel Houthi group claimed responsibility.
Human rights concerns in Saudi Arabia
Prior to the visit to the Middle Eastern nation, Pompeo said that he would also discuss concerns over human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, specifically in cases involving dual Saudi-American citizens who are and have previously been detained in the kingdom.
The detainees include a Saudi humanitarian aid worker, Abdulrahman al-Sadhan who was reportedly detained without charge in March 2018. His family members hope to see Pompeo push for his release and that of other detainees in Saudi Arabia. “We have heard from families of other detainees who have seen him in the prison that he might die from torture,” said al-Sadhan’s sister.
When the Saudi crown prince was said to be linked to the killing of Khashoggi, it created significant tensions between the two nations. Prior to the incident, Saudi Arabia had been a US ally as well as the largest purchaser of US military arms for decades.
While US senators insisted on suspending military arms sales to the kingdom to “punish” the crown prince, US President Donald Trump reportedly refused to, stating: “I don’t like the concept of stopping an investment of $110 billion into the United States.”
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