Pompeo says no hard evidence Saudi Prince ordered Khashoggi killing

Pompeo says no hard evidence Saudi Prince ordered Khashoggi killing

Pompeo says no hard evidence Saudi Prince ordered Khashoggi killing

On Wednesday, Senators delivered a historic blow to the country's relationship with ally Saudi Arabia, a country whose leadership has committed notable human rights violations, by voting to move forward a resolution that would end all US military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. We are engaged in diplomacy all around the world to make it less so and have actually made it less ugly.

"The bottom line is the United States should not be supporting a catastrophic war led by a despotic regime with a unsafe and irresponsible military policy", Sanders said in a Senate floor speech.

Yemen has been torn apart by conflict since 2014, when Houthi rebels, allied with troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, captured large expanses of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

And frankly, if we went by this standard, we wouldn't be able to have anybody as an ally.

"Try defending that outcome back home", he said. Pompeo did not mention Khashoggi in his prepared remarks to senators.

Lawmakers from both parties have signaled they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the murder of writer and activist Jamal Khashoggi. Her failure to testify was the result of an order from the White House, given that she would be compelled to either lie under oath or contradict the narrative advanced by Pompeo and Mattis. "This conflict isn't optional for Saudi Arabia, and abandoning it puts American interests at risk".

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he doesn't doubt that Saudi Arabia's crown prince is culpable for the death of a Washington Post writer in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Pompeo said it would be "misguided" to pull back what he characterised as limited U.S. military support and weapons sales to the Saudis on the eve of potentially promising peace negotiations led by the United Nations.

In his remarks, Pompeo backed up Mattis, warning that moving against Saudi Arabia would "do huge damage to USA national security interests and those of our Middle Eastern allies and partners". This is the kind of behavior we expect from Russian Federation and North Korea. "But I'm voting on our ability to have a debate, as it relates to our ability to have a relationship with Saudi Arabia".

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman landed in Buenos Aires on Wednesday for the G20 summit of industrialized nations, Argentine state Media reported, a visit fraught with controversy over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"What this shows is that President Donald Trump hasn't been able to keep his own party, and his allies like Senator Graham and Senator Corker in line", he told Al Jazeera. "Talks are scheduled to happen soon", he said.

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"About the briefing: I'm glad we had it, I admire both secretaries, but it was inadequate because the Central Intelligence Agency was not there", Graham told reporters afterward.

A bipartisan group of senators has proposed a spectrum of sanctions focused against the Saudi-led coalition and any other entity fomenting unrest in Yemen.

Canada says it is also now reviewing its arms sales to Saudi Arabia. But senior GOP leaders have yet to embrace the legislation, which stands little chance of passing Congress unless it's inserted into a must-pass spending bill, due December 7.

Although the USA imposed sanctions on 17 Saudi officials who were allegedly involved in Khashoggi's murder, Trump has been hesitant to take further steps, noting that Washington's intent to remain a close ally of Riyadh. "And if the briefing reinforces the conclusion that I already have tentatively formed, then there will be no more business as usual with Saudi Arabia".

Senator Cory Gardner, R, said "it would be nice" had Haspel been included in the briefing for lawmakers.

"I haven't heard directly from the anyone in the White House with a commitment that we will be briefed by the CIA Director but I think the message was heard clearly and my expectation is that they'll now reconsider their options", Coons said.

"Pulling back our limited USA military support, our weapons sales to partners and our protection of the Saudi and Emirati populations would be misguided on the eve of the promising initial negotiations", Mattis said in his prepared remarks to senators, referring to the talks in Sweden that UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths hopes to convene next month. These individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions.

Coons called Haspel's absence "very unusual".

The Canadian government says it's committed to supporting human rights defenders, as well as promoting the freedom of the press globally.

They will also be barred from entering into Canada.

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