Senate 'votes' to end U.S. support for Saudi-led war in Yemen

Pompeo: No Direct Link Between Crown Prince, Khashoggi Death

Democratic Sens. Chris Coons of DE and Jack Reed of Rhode Island also said they were changing their votes, and Sen. The president and his top aides have said there is no "direct" evidence linking Prince Mohammed to the murder.

The trip, which marks a high-profile overseas journey for the crown prince following the October murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is expected to open an opportunity for worldwide pushback following the killing. In September, the Saudi-led coalition admitted that mistakes were made in an August airstrike that killed 40 children, an event considered an apparent war crime by the United Nations human rights body.

Secretary Mattis avoided questions about the Crown Prince's role in the murder after briefing the senators, telling reporters, "we have no smoking gun" that he was involved.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday also defended America's support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war, warning lawmakers the conflict would worsen without US involvement. "I think 80 percent of the people left the hearing this morning not feeling like an appropriate response has been forthcoming", Corker said. 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.

The crown prince was received by President Beji Caid Essebsi, who awarded him the republic's medal, the highest official award.

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Pompeo: No Direct Link Between Crown Prince, Khashoggi Death
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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is willing to meet Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, when he attends the Group of 20 summit in Argentina, Guterres said on Wednesday. "The case is in the hands of the court and the government will not interfere with it", the spokesperson said.

Freeland said Canada had a responsibility to react, calling Khashoggi's murder "vile" and "premeditated", adding that to date, Saudi Arabia's explanation lacks consistency and credibility.

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. "We discussed multiple aspects of India-Saudi Arabia relations and ways to further boost economic, cultural and energy ties", the prime minister wrote on Twitter.

The resolution does not explicitly halt USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia, as folks like Sen.

All of the letters cite recent reports that Washington lobbyists have "raked in $76.9 million", over the past decade to advocate for the Saudis "on everything from nuclear power to fending off legislation that would leave the kingdom liable in lawsuits filed by family members of victims in the September 11 terrorist attacks".

A day before the briefing, The Wall Street Journal also published an op-ed on Tuesday in which Pompeo noted that degrading U.S. -Saudi relationship will be a big mistake for the country's national security.

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