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Pompeo, Saudi king discuss regional affairs in Riyadh

US secretary of state visits Saudi Arabia to hold talks on regional security, economy, human rights issues

Ahmed Yusuf   | 20.02.2020
Pompeo, Saudi king discuss regional affairs in Riyadh U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) / FILE PHOTO


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday met Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz in the Saudi capital Riyadh to discuss the latest regional developments, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. 

The meeting tackled "the relations between the two countries, the overall regional and international events, the position of the two countries, and the efforts made towards them."

"Pleased to be back in Riyadh to discuss the U.S. government’s strong commitment to Saudi Arabia’s security and the continued need to stand together to counter Iran’s malign behavior in the region," Pompeo wrote on Twitter.

Pompeo's visit focuses on discussing regional security, economy, and most likely human rights issues such as that of Saudi-American physician Walid Fitaihi.

Arrested in November 2017, Fitaihi was released pending trial last July. The Saudi government reportedly seized the American passports of the doctor's wife and six of his children.

Fitaihi was detained as part of the famous Ritz-Carlton detention campaign in November 2017, which targeted princes and businessmen as well as former and current officials in the Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia usually denies mistreating detainees and stresses its commitment to the law.

*Bassel Ibrahim contributed to this report from Ankara.

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