Senators grilling US officials over Khashoggi response

Senators grilling US officials over Khashoggi response

"They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran", Trump said in a statement. 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.

Senior members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet urged US senators Wednesday not to downgrade ties with Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying it would harm national security and threaten Middle East stability.

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

The G-20 summit is the first global forum attended by the Saudi Prince's since the crisis over the grisly murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. "The death of Mr. Khashoggi is a serious matter on which I want the entire truth to be made", he said. "I believe there is a chance to step up efforts early in December but we are not there yet", he said.

"There is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi", Pompeo told reporters after he and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the Senate that weakening US-Saudi ties over Khashoggi's killing would be insensible.

Pompeo was due to speak to the Senate alongside Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to discuss United States support for the Saudi-led coalition that is fighting Iran-backed Huthi rebels, ahead of a possible vote on reducing military backing to the Saudis.

The judge has also asked rights groups to provide details supporting allegations against the prince. Worldwide trade will figure prominently, especially because of concerns about US tariffs, as well as tensions between the United States and China.

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Republican Senator Bob Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it was apparent to everyone in the room that the crown prince was responsible for Khashoggi's death.

"This case is not closed as far as Canada is concerned", Freeland said.

Canada says it is also now reviewing its arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

The prime minister stressed upon the importance of having stable and predictable energy prices and some discussion took place between the two leaders how Saudi Arabia can contribute and help in stabilising energy prices, particulary for India.

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.

"U.S intervention in Yemen is unauthorized, unconstitutional and immoral, and we must not, we can not delay voting to end our involvement and our support of Saudi Arabia any further", Lee said.

But he also said that the killing of Khashoggi would be discussed in the meeting.

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