Senate votes to end Saudi support over Jamal Khashoggi murder


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that there was no direct evidence connecting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month in Istanbul. And Canada, the US and Mexico are expected to sign a revamped version of NAFTA after many months of intense negotiations.

The meeting took place at the crown prince's residence in the Argentinean capital.

The US Senate, angered by the murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi, voted 63-37 on Wednesday to take up a war powers resolution that would curtail the Trump administration's military backing for Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign in Yemen. Canada continues to call for a credible and independent investigation.

Amnesty International Canada also welcomed the sanctions - and also said that banning further shipments of armoured vehicles should be part of Canada's response.

U.S. intelligence officials believe the Saudi crown prince must have at least known of the plot to kill him.

"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.

Canada only has so much influence with Saudi Arabia, he added, pointing out that the kingdom officials demonstrated this summer they are willing to bat the Trudeau government's concerns aside when they don't like the message conveyed. We understand that Saudi Arabia is an ally, of sorts, and a semi-important country. If the named individuals hold any Canadian assets, those have been frozen.

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"Prince Salman was mindful of the contributions that Indians have made in the building of Saudi Arabia over the years and he specifically expressed appreciation for this", Gokhale said.

Under a headline "We don't condone Jamal Khashoggi's murder".

Canada has also faced calls to sanction those connected to Khashoggi's death.

The crown prince was received by President Beji Caid Essebsi, who awarded him the republic's medal, the highest official award.

"Two leaders have agreed that we will now set up a mechanism at the leadership level which will go into the possibilities of concrete actions in terms of investment, in terms of technology, in terms of manufacturing across various sectors from energy to food security and to infrastructure to defence", he said.

Warren recently introduced legislation that would prohibit American lobbyists from accepting compensation from foreign governments, foreign individuals, and foreign companies to influence U.S. policy, according to the release. Upon arrival in South America he cast blame on Trump's policies for hurting allies in Europe, saying "recent decisions have been done to the detriment of its allies".

In a Thursday statement the Saudi Public Prosecutor that it had indicted 11 suspects over Khashoggi's death, and has requested the death penalty for five of them.