U.K. to Press Saudi Arabia Over Khashoggi Probe, Yemen Crisis
(Bloomberg) -- Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Monday begins the first visit to Saudi Arabia by a British minister since the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.
Hunt will use meetings with officials including King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to urge Saudi Arabia to cooperate with Turkey over the investigation into the murder, according to his office in London.
“It is clearly unacceptable that the full circumstances behind his murder still remain unclear,” Hunt said in a statement.
Turkish prosecutors have said that the Washington Post columnist was strangled soon after entering the consulate and that his body was dismembered in a premeditated hit. The Crown Prince, the heir to the throne, has denied any involvement in the killing, calling it a “heinous crime that cannot be justified.”
Hunt, who’s also visiting the United Arab Emirates this week, will call for an end to the bloodshed in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting Houthi rebels believed to be backed by Iran.
The United Nations has called the conflict the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, but UN Security Council members are divided over how hard to pressure Saudi Arabia over its role.