Senate advances bill to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen war

U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert delivers a press briefing at the department in Washington D.C. on Nov. 15 2018. Credit Jackson Richman  JNS

Pompeo: No Direct Link Between Crown Prince, Khashoggi Death

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said the two leaders would meet during the summit taking place this week, where they will also discuss the war in Syria and oil production matters. The president and his top aides have said there is no "direct" evidence linking Prince Mohammed to the murder.

The news comes as the prince continues a tour of Arab states that began last week and as the global community considers sanctions against Saudi Arabia over the assassination of U.S-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi operatives in Istanbul last month, quite possibly on the orders of MBS - a popular shorthand for the prince in Western media.

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

Corker said in the past he has "laid in the railroad tracks to keep us from doing things that I believe are against our national interest as it relates to Saudi Arabia".

Still, as the driving force behind Saudi Arabia's military involvement in Yemen, MBS has been under heightened scrutiny.

"I am looking for the Kodak moment", she said.

After a closed-door briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis, several senators said they were unsatisfied and likely to back the resolution to halt USA support for the war.

Senior Republicans have rebuked President Trump by voting in the Senate to limit his ability to give military support to Saudi Arabia. The CIA reportedly has said it had "high confidence" the crown prince ordered the murder.

Putin and MBS Share High Five and Laughs at G20 Summit
Meanwhile Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prince Mohammed shared a smiley, enthusiastic greeting at the gathering. According to the White House they only "exchanged pleasantries", and the President said they had "no discussion".

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.

"It's very important to act and to speak only on the basis of real certainty", she said.

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

The federal government looked closely at the involvement of each person it sanctioned, Freeland said, and concluded they were either directly involved or complicit in Khashoggi's October murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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. Saudi Arabia is crucial for that process.

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

SPA said the two leaders reviewed the prospects of bilateral cooperation between the two friendly countries in the political, security, economic, investment, agricultural, energy, cultural and technical fields.

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