US Secretary of State Pompeo arrives in Ankara for talks on missing journalist

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks to the plane before leaving Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Oct 17, 2018.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks to the plane before leaving Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Oct 17, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA (AFP) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Ankara on Wednesday (Oct 17) for talks with the Turkish leadership over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.

Mr Pompeo, arriving fresh from talks in Saudi Arabia, touched down at Ankara’s Esenboga Airport, where he was due to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Saudi Arabia has promised no one will be exempt from the inquiry into the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi, Mr Pompeo said earlier on Wednesday.

Asked if a member of the Saudi royal family might conceivably be held accountable in the case, Mr Pompeo said after talks in Riyadh: "They made no exceptions to who they would hold accountable."