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Khashoggi murder result of Saudi power struggle

Khashoggi murder result of Saudi power struggle

The de facto Saudi ruler stepped onto Argentine soil bidding to shrug off worldwide outrage over the murder last month of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The legislation's early successes have been interpreted as a kick in the teeth to US President Donald Trump's unapologetic support for Riyadh, but some have questioned the timing of the proposal - and whether it will have any long-term effect on Washington's deep-rooted ties to the Kingdom.

Earlier Wednesday, both Pompeo and Mattis framed United States. support for Saudi Arabia as a national security matter, even though Riyadh's conduct in Yemen's civil war has drawn worldwide condemnation.

The senator added, "I don't think the administration won any votes [to oppose the Senate resolution] in that troubled briefing".

For Sen. Bob Corker, the Foreign Relations Committee chairman, and perhaps others, the vote to advance the resolution was not necessarily an endorsement of its merits but "a vote on our ability to have a debate as it relates to our relationship with Saudi Arabia". Mike Lee, R-Utah, a co-sponsor of the resolution to end support for the war.

Pompeo says "I do believe I've read every piece of intelligence" that came in "and there is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi". "But I may now be willing to get on the [legislative] vehicle, knowing it can be amended, to figure out some way for us to send the appropriate message to Saudi Arabia that appropriately displays American values and American national interest".

"The CIA looked at it", Trump tells journalists at the White House.

The Senate considering a resolution later on Wednesday that would stop USA refuelling and other support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen. Khashoggi's killing - which brought worldwide condemnation of Riyadh - also renewed public outrage in Canada over Ottawa's controversial $15-billion deal to sell light armoured vehicles to the kingdom.




Pompeo declined twice to say why Haspel wasn't there, responding with a smile, "I was asked to be here, and here I am".

CIA Director Gina Haspel didn't attend a Senate briefing on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi war in Yemen. He said the resolution "sends a daily reminder to Saudi officials that USA residents reject their repressive tactics and strongly support freedom of thought and of the press".

Reports earlier this month said the Central Intelligence Agency had assessed the Crown Prince ordered the October 2 killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, but Mr Mattis dismissed them. But lawmakers have exhausted of such strategic arguments, arguing that Trump should prioritice the defence of American human rights ideals - such as condemning the killing of a journalist - over the expedient of looking the other way.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, agreed with that sentiment.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the killing of Khashoggi when he meets the prince on the summit sidelines, but the "main aim" would be developing Russia-Saudi relations, said Putin's foreign policy advisory Yuri Ushakov. "We are ending our participation in that horrific war". This led some lawmakers to call for the U.S.to take a tougher stand against Saudi Arabia.

Mattis and Pompeo worry a move to cut USA support to the Saudis ahead of the summit is poorly timed and could embolden Huthis not to negotiate.

At the same time, Ottawa continued to call for "a transparent and rigorous accounting of the circumstances" surrounding Khashoggi's murder, saying that "the explanations offered to date by Saudi Arabia lack consistency and credibility".

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