Canada sanctions 17 Saudis linked to Khashoggi killing

Trump part of Khashoggi cover-up

"There is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi", he told reporters.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in Argentina and discussed cooperation between the two countries in security, energy and investments, the Saudi Press Agency (SPS) said on Friday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis both came to Capitol Hill to urgently lobby against the resolution, which would call for an end to US military assistance for the conflict that human rights advocates say is wreaking havoc on Yemen and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing. The bill, which would end USA military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, passed by a vote of 63-to-37 on Wednesday.

USA intelligence agencies have made the assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would have at least known about the plot to kill Khashoggi. Pompeo also published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, which said, in part, that "t$3 he Trump administration's effort to rebuild the U.S. -Saudi Arabia partnership isn't popular in the salons of Washington", but that "t$3 he kingdom is a powerful force for stability in the Middle East".

Canada has announced sanctions on 17 Saudi nationals, the latest nation to do so in response to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in October.

"Regarding the crown prince, who is attending this summit, Saudi Arabia is a permanent member of the G20".

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

The Senate is advancing a bill to pull USA troops out of Yemen. The Trump administration has refused to rebuke Mohammed Bin Salman or imperil the long-standing US relationship with the kingdom.

Back in March, an earlier version of the bill failed by six votes.

Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said in the past he had "laid in the railroad tracks to keep us from doing things that I believe are against our national interest as it relates to Saudi Arabia". The Saudi explanations given so far "lack consistency and credibility", Canada said in the statement.

"MbS has not taken ownership of the death", Corker said, using the short-hand initials for the crown prince.

Congress and the White House are set for a showdown as there is bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for sanctions or other penalties for the Saudis and Trump has doubled down on the relationship.

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