US Senate delivers bipartisan rebuke to Trump's Saudi policy

In a tweet later, he said they would also discuss the fallout from Khashoggi's murder.

Senior members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet urged USA senators Wednesday not to downgrade ties with Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying it would harm national security and threaten Middle East stability.

ALEX EDELMAN/UPI/NewscomFinally a bit of bipartisanship with merit: Senators yesterday chose to at least debate ending USA sponsorship of Saudi Arabia's aggression in Yemen.

Khashoggi, who lived in the US and wrote for The Washington Post, was publicly critical of the Saudi crown prince.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was very public in his opposition to the ceasefire, with British officials saying he "threw a fit" about their proposal. Saudi Arabia has invested billions to relieve suffering in #Yemen. "I think 80 percent of the people left the hearing this morning not feeling like an appropriate response has been forthcoming", Corker said. However, on Wednesday, the Senate voted to advance a measure that would end American involvement in the Saudi-led war, a move that was seen as a stunning rebuke to President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia.

The judge has also asked rights groups to provide details supporting allegations against the prince. "The United States has not been on the sidelines".

Human Rights Watch had asked Argentina on November 26 to use a war crimes clause in its constitution to investigate any involvement by the crown prince in possible crimes against humanity in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has launched a military campaign, and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Canada only has so much influence with Saudi Arabia, he added, pointing out that the kingdom officials demonstrated this summer they are willing to bat the Trudeau government's concerns aside when they don't like the message conveyed.

A media release from Global Affairs Canada said these Saudis "are, in the opinion of the Government of Canada, responsible for or complicit in the extrajudicial killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, 2018". A nurse said that the number of cases of children with severe malnutrition had doubled since the war began.

The Canadian minister said the G20 meeting will offer Canada and allies an opportunity to discuss further steps on Saudi Arabia.

"Since the Khashoggi affair, there have been rumors that some members of the royal family had conversations amongst themselves about the need to change the country's leadership or at least it's leadership structure", Gerald Fierstein, the senior vice president of the Middle East Institute in Washington, conveyed to The Media Line.

Canada for its part has temporarily suspended approval of any new permits for arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

  • Rogelio Becker