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Canada sanctions 17 Saudi nationals over Khashoggi killing

Canada sanctions 17 Saudi nationals over Khashoggi killing

The gulf between the White House and US lawmakers regarding Saudi Arabia grew Wednesday after two top members of President Donald Trump's national security team provided a classified briefing to the full Senate.

Putin will be one of several leaders to meet the Saudi prince, who is also expected to hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and United Nations chief Antonio Guterres.

"We have a president who is part of the cover-up as to what happened in that consulate or embassy when Mr. Khashoggi was murdered", Clinton said Tuesday.

Tim Kaine, D-Va., told reporters.

Saudi Arabia has acknowledged the Washington Post columnist, a USA resident, was killed inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate in October but has blamed his death on a "rogue" operation.

Wednesday's vote is a victory for senators Bernie Sanders, Chris Murphy, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul, who have always been pushing for an end to US support for the Saudi intervention.

The Senate voted 63-37 to consider a resolution to remove USA support of Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen, defying a White House memo strongly opposing the measure. Sen. He's called for sanctions on the Saudi royal family, and was among those lawmakers critical of a statement from the Trump administration last week affirming the US relationship with Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi's death.

Mattis agreed there is no "smoking gun" to link Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's, who is also known as MBS, to Khashoggi's October 2 killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. "But I may now be willing to get on the [legislative] vehicle, knowing it can be amended, to figure out some way for us to send the appropriate message to Saudi Arabia that appropriately displays American values and American national interest".

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been one of Trump's closest congressional allies, said he wants to know whether the Central Intelligence Agency assessment supports his belief that the killing could not have happened without the prince's knowledge.

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"We have 17 individuals that have been sanctioned already".

Mattis lamented the journalist's killing while underscoring the need to continue a partnership with Saudi Arabia even as the airstrikes have killed tens of thousands of people, both civilians and rebels.

Senator Murphy, however, said Pompeo and Mattis' testimony may have been counterproductive.

Senators are set to question top Trump administration officials at a closed-door briefing about the USA response to Saudi Arabia over the killing of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee).

Events have left administration officials publicly grappling with global realpolitik, saying Saudi Arabia's role in countering Iran is too important for the USA to turn its back. "But, again, I do want to emphasize this case is not closed as far as Canada is concerned", she said.

Congress has never actually voted to authorize the use of the USA armed forces to support the Saudi coalition in its battle against Houthi forces in Yemen.

Yet, MBS could not evade from protests of Tunisian people over the killing of Khashoggi nor global scrutiny that criticize his attendance to G20 summit.

Regarding his decision to vote for the legislation on Wednesday, Graham said: "I changed my mind because I'm pissed". Khashoggi's killing - which brought worldwide condemnation of Riyadh - also renewed public outrage in Canada over Ottawa's controversial $15-billion deal to sell light armoured vehicles to the kingdom.

FILE - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the second day of the Future Investment Initiative conference, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


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