RIYADH (AFP) - US Secretary of nation Mike Pompeo on Sunday arrived in Riyadh, in which he is ready to press Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to maintain the killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi responsible.

The top US diplomat, on an intensive middle East excursion, embarked on his 2d politically sensitive visit to Saudi Arabia considering that Khashoggi s murder inside its Istanbul consulate sparked an international outcry.

"we are able to preserve to have a conversation with the crown prince and the Saudis about making sure the duty is full and whole with recognize to the unacceptable murder of Jamal Khashoggi," Pompeo told journalists in Qatar, earlier than flying to the Saudi capital.

"We ll... Ensure we've got all of the records so that they're held accountable, in reality through the Saudis however by america as well."

After landing in Riyadh, Pompeo pushed for Saudi Arabia to continue its investigation into the homicide, in talks with Adel al-Jubeir, minister of state for foreign affairs, and the Saudi Ambassador to Washington, Prince Khalid bin Salman.

Khashoggi, a Washington post contributor, changed into murdered on October 2 in what Saudi Arabia referred to as a "rogue" operation, tipping the dominion into one among its worst diplomatic crises and sooner or later straining ties among Riyadh and Washington.

Pompeo s visit to Saudi Arabia, in which he could be hosted through Prince Mohammed, is a part of an in depth eight-day trip to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and subsequently Kuwait city.

US President Donald Trump has pushed aside international outrage to stand via Prince Mohammed over the homicide of Khashoggi, whose corpse turned into dismembered on the consulate.

His aid has come regardless of america critical Intelligence company s said conclusion that Prince Mohammed very probable ordered the murder. A bipartisan resolution permitted via the usa Senate ultimate month additionally held the crown prince chargeable for the killing.

Riyadh prosecutors have announced indictments against 11 human beings and are looking for the demise penalty towards 5 of them. But Prince Mohammed, whose right-hand aides have been allegedly involved in the homicide, become exonerated by means of prosecutors.

On a preceding visit to Riyadh at the height of the Khashoggi affair, Pompeo s vast smiles with the crown prince outraged a few people.

but, Trump has stated Washington wants to maintain the alliance with the oil-wealthy nation, which he sees as a bulwark in opposition to common foe Iran and a rewarding customer folks palms.

Rights groups have known as on Pompeo to additionally press Prince Mohammed over the jailing of women activists in the kingdom, amid claims that a number of them faced sexual harassment and torture all through interrogation.

"i'm struck by what is not included in Pompeo s itinerary: the courageous ladies activists of Saudi Arabia, who're being held in the nation s prisons for searching for rights and dignity," Alia al-Hathloul wrote inside the big apple times Sunday.

Hathloul s sister, Loujain, is among extra than a dozen activists arrested final might also -- just before the historic lifting of Saudi Arabia s decades-lengthy ban on ladies drivers.

Pompeo met the Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani at some stage in his visit to Doha, wherein he refused to touch upon reports Washington had lately considered navy movement towards Tehran.

He additionally referred to as on Qatar and different Gulf international locations to stop the worst political rift inside the area for years, which has seen Doha diplomatically and economically isolated via neighbouring former allies for the beyond 19 months.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt -- all US allies -- reduce ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of assisting terrorist corporations and in search of closer ties to Saudi arch-rival Iran.

Qatar -- also a US ally -- denies the allegations and accuses the nations of seeking regime alternate.

"As for the GCC... We're all extra powerful while we re working together while we have commonplace demanding situations in the location and around the arena," Pompeo stated, referring to the six member international locations of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

"Disputes among countries which have a shared goal are in no way beneficial."

He introduced that "President Trump and i both believe the continued dispute inside the place has long past on too long".

but, Pompeo later admitted in a Q&A consultation with US embassy personnel in Doha that no progress was made on resolving the difficulty.

Mediation efforts through america, which before everything regarded to lower back the boycott of Qatar, have stalled, as highlighted by way of the current resignation of us envoy Anthony Zinni.

For Washington, turning the page on the crisis is crucial for the a hit release of the Strategic Alliance of the center East (MESA), that is a NATO-fashion protection percent that consists of Gulf nations as well as Egypt and Jordan.

the us and Qatar held the second "strategic dialogue" among the 2 nations on Sunday and signed agreements on defence, training and subculture.