Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Macron to meet Saudi crown prince at G20

Macron to meet Saudi crown prince at G20

They have also said that they support the UN-led talks. Mr. Trump's apparent hesitancy to meet separately with the crown prince could set the tone if indeed the president sticks by his initial decision.

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.

"More broadly, degrading ties with Saudi Arabia would be a grave mistake for USA national security, and that of our allies", Pompeo said in his prepared remarks to the Senate.

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.

"This conflict isn't optional for Saudi Arabia, and abandoning it puts American interests at risk too", Pompeo said in prepared remarks for the all-senators briefing.

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Mike Lee made a fervent plea Wednesday for the Senate to vote on ending US involvement in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen that he said has claimed the lives of thousands of innocent people.

It also coincided with Israeli acquiescence in the flow of US$150 million from Qatar to Gaza, controlled by Islamist Hamas, in a bid to alleviate the crippling impact of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the region and prevent tension between Israel and the group spinning out of control.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that "some kind of response" was needed from the United States for the Saudis' role in Khashoggi's gruesome death.

President Donald Trump has dismissed a reported Central Intelligence Agency assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was to blame for his killing in Istanbul in October.

"I don't think there's anybody in the room that doesn't believe he was responsible for it", Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters after the briefing.

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The federal NDP said Thursday it plans to press the Liberal government to "have the courage" to move beyond sanctions to the immediate cessation of all arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

"This case is not closed", she said.

"Abandoning Yemen would do enormous damage to United States national security interests and those of our Middle Eastern allies and partners".

Amid mounting pressure on the Trump administration in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, and as Congress considers a whole range of sanctions bills to punish Riyadh, the administration dispatched Mr Pompeo and Mr Mattis to urge restraint.

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.

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