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Canada sanctions 17 Saudis over Jamal Khashoggi murder

01 December, 2018, 15:57 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Pompeo: No Direct Link Between Crown Prince, Khashoggi Death

The Senate acted after President Trump indicated he would not take steps against Saudi Arabia despite the murder of dissident Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Last month, a source in Macron's office said France would not make any decisions on its relationship with Saudi Arabia until the facts surrounding Khashoggi's death are clear. "They were accusing people who disagreed with him as somehow loving Obama".

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist working for The Washington Post, was killed shortly after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Argentina has cooperation agreements with Saudi Arabia in tourism and other areas.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has suggested that U.S. President Donald Trump is "part of the cover-up as to what happened" in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

United States media have reported that the CIA believes Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder although President Donald Trump has denied that that was the conclusion reached by the intelligence agency.

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Mr Trump has been eager to prevent Mr Khashoggi's killing from derailing U.S. ties with Saudi Arabia, around which the administration has built much of its Mideast strategy. US intelligence officials have concluded that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, must have at least known of the plot, but Trump has equivocated over who was to blame. "They've killed more civilians this year than any year prior in the Yemen war", Sen.

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. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters. Mr Corker said senators would have a chance to vote to proceed to the resolution next week as well as vote on amendments.

It is important for all governments to show the crown prince that his presence is not appreciated at the G-20 summit this week, said Bessma Momani, a senior fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation and a professor at the University of Waterloo specializing in Middle Eastern foreign policy.

He said the crown prince "owns this death".

"Canada continues to call for a credible and independent investigation", the statement said, so those responsible can face justice. Trump has praised a pending arms deal with the kingdom that he says will provide the US with jobs and lucrative payments, though some outside assessments say the economic benefits are exaggerated.

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