U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman acknowledge "accountability needs to take place" in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Pompeo spoke Monday after meeting with the Saudi leaders in Riyadh.
The top U.S. diplomat said both the king and crown prince "reiterated their commitment" to hold responsible those who killed Khashoggi after he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey in October.
İnitially Saudi Arabia said he safely left the site on his own, but later admitted he was killed there in what Saudi officials called a rogue operation.
Turkey said the order to kill the Washington Post journalist came from the highest levels of the Saudi government but Saudi officials maintain it was not ordered by the Saudi crown prince.
İn December, the U.S. Senate rebuked Saudi Arabia, blaming the crown prince for Khashoggi's killing and calling for an end to U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.
Pompeo and Mohammed bin Salman agreed Monday on the need to continue de-escalation in Yemen, including a cease-fire in the key port city of Hodeida.
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