Senate to consider resolution condemning Saudi crown prince

Senate to consider resolution condemning Saudi crown prince

Senate Drive to Punish Saudi Prince Over Khashoggi Death Delayed

FILE - Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain, Feb. 1, 2015.

Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaks at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London, Britain, September 29, 2018.

The Senate is readying a vote on a bipartisan resolution to end USA support for the Saudis in the Yemen civil war.

"The world should seek justice for his case under worldwide law", he said. In the three and a half years since the conflict began, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, have garnered widespread reports of war crimes.

That would be a direct challenge to Trump, who has sought to cast doubt on the crown prince's involvement in the killing and has stressed instead the importance of USA trade and military ties with the kingdom.

"Saudi Arabia's an important. partner, but I don't think we can simply look the other way when things happen and talk about business as usual", Mr Engel said.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist, went missing on October 2 after stepping into Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul to collect documents which would allow him to marry fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

After initially saying he had left the consulate alive, Saudi Arabia admitted weeks later that he was killed there, blaming his death on a group of rogue Saudi operatives.

They view Saudi Arabia as an essential counterweight in the Middle East to Iran, arch-enemy of close USA ally Israel. "I'd want to see Iran pull out of Yemen too".

CIA Director Gina Haspel was briefing leaders of the House of Representatives behind closed doors on Wednesday about the killing. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who leads the foreign relations committee on which Gardner sits. In addition to the war in Yemen and the murder of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, legislators cited the 2017 forced detention in Riyadh of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the unilateral embargo of Qatar, which hosts the largest United States military base in the Middle East They characterised Saudi foreign policy in the region as irrational and Prince Mohammed's leadership as unstable. And the Yemen resolution's sponsors have made it clear they'll try to pass the measure again next year, when Democrats control the House.

In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Trump described the Crown Prince as an able leader and Saudi Arabia a very good ally. The bipartisan legislation set for next year is cosponsored by Menendez and Senator Todd Young, an Indiana Republican. "Just because you're our ally you cannot kill with impunity and believe you can get away with it", Sen.

Members of the Saudi royal family have reportedly been working to prevent the crown prince from ascending to the throne, and have discussed the possibility of having King Salman's brother take his place should he die. Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel of NY, the likely incoming chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he would hold hearings on Saudi Arabia early next year.

"I hope it's something that will be massively supported by the Senate".

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