US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed on Friday that he had not seen any tape related to the case of Saudi citizen and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2.
Pompeo denied ABC News’ report, calling it “factually false.”
Al Hurra news channel quoted Pompeo: “I did not hear an audio tape and I did not see any transcript, and the network that announced it must withdraw this headline.”
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also said that Turkey had not shared any audio recordings with his US counterpart. Read more
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump criticized rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the mystery of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning of a rush to judgment and echoing the Saudis’ request for patience. Full story
American network ABC News quoted a Turkish senior official as saying on Thursday that US Secretary of State Pompeo had heard an audio tape and saw a transcript during his visit to Turkey this week. But Pompeo has denied it.
Pompeo was queried by reporters on a flight to Mexico City, part of a tour to Mexico and Panama. “I’ve heard no tape, I’ve seen no transcript,” Pompeo told reporters in the only question he would take on the topic.