On Monday, U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that Riyadh should “cooperate fully” with Turkey’s probe into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.
Hunt’s comments come as he travels to the Persian Gulf to meet King Salman of Saudi Arabia, other members of the royal family and government ministers to “press for an end to the bloodshed in Yemen,” according to a government statement released ahead of the visit.
Politico Hunt is the first British minister to visit Saudi Arabia since officials say Khashoggi was murdered inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi was killed in the building but denies its royal family was involved.
Meanwhile Reuters reports that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has discussed bilateral relations with British Prime Minister Theresa May’s special envoy, Simon McDonald, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.
McDonald’s talks in Riyadh comes as British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said he will visit Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Monday to press for an end to the war in Yemen and to urge Saudi leaders to cooperate with an investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.