Mohammad bin Salman
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the crown prince on Feb. 20 to discuss shared security interests in the Gulf and threats from Iran. He also toured a sprawling desert air base in Saudi Arabia where a few thousand U.S. troops are deployed as part of a wider effort by the Trump administration to stymie Iran's regional reach.
Ankara will continue efforts to shed light on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey's communications director said after a "scandalous" Saudi court ruling on the case on Dec. 23.
"The Saudi court reached a scandalous verdict today after months of secret hearings on the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi," Fahrettin Altun said on Twitter.
Saudi Arabia has sentenced five people to death and three more to jail terms over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in October 2018.
The country's public prosecutor said on Dec. 23, Saud al-Qahtani, a former high-profile Saudi royal adviser, was investigated but not charged and was released.
A Saudi Arabian State Security Agency promotional video classified feminism, atheism and homosexuality as "extremist ideas".
The same video says Saudi Arabia defends tolerance and wants to become more attractive to foreigners, Reuters reports. Distributed by the State Security Presidency, the video said "all forms of extremism and perversion are unacceptable."