US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on October 16. Photo: AFP

Why US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Saudi Arabia visit over missing journalist was a diplomatic mission impossible

• President Trump sent Pompeo to stress the severity of the case of Jamal Khashoggi, who is thought to be dead

• Analysts say he was too deferential and sent the message that America would help the kingdom emerge from the crisis

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on October 16. Photo: AFP
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