Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Pompeo, Mattis defend Saudis as lawmakers consider vote

Pompeo, Mattis defend Saudis as lawmakers consider vote

He also referred to the future prospects for investment in the technology sector, the agriculture sector and energy sectors, Gokhale said.

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.

The vote showed a significant number of Republicans were willing to break with Trump to express their deep dissatisfaction with Saudi Arabia and with the US response to Khashoggi's brutal killing in Turkey last month.

He vowed last week to remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi Arabia and said it was not clear whether the crown prince knew about the plan to kill Khashoggi. I don't think the War Powers Act is one, constitutional, (and) two, the aid we provide to Saudi Arabia and Yemen would require an authorization to use military force.

In a classified briefing, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis urged senators not to vote in favor of the measure.

The UN chief's comments come amid growing criticism of Saudi Arabia over its role in the war in Yemen and a pending US Senate vote on ending Washington's support for the Saudi-led coalition. Former President Barack Obama relied on those authorisations to conduct a global war on terror, including the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIL) in Syria.

"There will be another opportunity next week to decide whether we proceed to it", Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker said. Some senators said the White House blocked her participation.

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Asked whether Canada believes the Crown Prince was involved in Mr. Khashoggi's death, Ms. Freeland did not directly answer the question but implied the Canadian government lacks sufficient evidence to say that.

Seventeen Saudi nationals have been rendered inadmissible to Canada.

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.

Ms. Freeland, speaking to reporters in Argentina before a Group of 20 meeting, said these new sanctions do not bring to an end Canada's interest in the fate of Mr. Khashoggi.

The resumption of funding is also in line with King Salman's intervention in the a year ago insisting that the kingdom was committed to Palestinian rights, including declaring East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state.

The Utah Republican said in a Senate floor speech that continuing to support the Saudis, especially in light of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is "bad diplomacy".

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