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Khalid Bin Salman back in Washington, as rivals’ lobbying steps up further

Deputy defence minister Prince Khalid Bin Salman Bin Abdelaziz made a return visit to Washington DC in late August, some six months after he left his post as ambassador to the United States against a backdrop of outrage over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Prince Khalid arrived on 27 August and met with secretary of state Mike Pompeo the next day and with defence secretary Mark Esper on 29 August. The visit was another sign the Trump administration would prefer to consign the Khashoggi case to the past.

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