Saudi crown prince and Indian PM meet in Buenos Aires

01 December, 2018, 19:35 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Pompeo: No Direct Link Between Crown Prince, Khashoggi Death

Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told AFP.

On Wednesday, senators expressed frustration at how the US has responded to the murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Turkey last month.

It voted 63-37 to allow debate to proceed on the resolution, after Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State, and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis failed to sway undecided senators to continue the military support for the war coalition. The bill, which would end US military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, passed by a vote of 63-to-37 on Wednesday.

An Argentine prosecutor has taken initial action on a Human Rights Watch request to prosecute Saudi Arabia's crown prince for alleged crimes against humanity.

Civilians have borne the brunt of the conflict, which has killed over 10,000 people and sparked the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

"The way the administration has handled the Saudi Arabia event is just not acceptable", Graham added, saying top administration officials' explanations thus far, did "not help me at all better understand the role" that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman played in the operation to kill Khashoggi.

Pompeo: No Direct Link Between Crown Prince, Khashoggi Death

The conclusions, and the fact that CIA Director Gina Haspel didn't appear, angered some senators.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he would withhold his vote on any key issue, including a government spending bill, until he gets a briefing on the topic from the Central Intelligence Agency. Saudi Arabia remained indifferent to calls from the worldwide community, the increasing humanitarian price of the war and the fact that the battle would remain futile.

Much like Mr. Trump's decision may be perceived as a public slap, it does not suggest that Mr. Trump has backed away from his determination to shield US-Saudi relations and the crown prince from the potential fallout of the Khashoggi killing. The Yemeni government had launched six wars against the Houthis over the preceding decade, and Saudi Arabia accused the rebels of colluding with its regional rival, Iran.

There was specific discussion on How Saudi Arabia can enhance its investments across number of sector in two to three years, he said.

After Wednesday's closed-door briefing with senators in Washington, the secretary of state said the USA was "on a cusp" of gathering the warring parties for talks "to hopefully achieve a ceasefire".

The resumption of funding is also in line with King Salman's intervention in the past year insisting that the kingdom was committed to Palestinian rights, including declaring East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state.

More news: Canada imposes sanctions on 17 Saudis over killing of journalist Khashoggi

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