Canada sanctions 17 Saudis linked to journalist Khashoggi killing

Canada sanctions 17 Saudis linked to journalist Khashoggi killing

They said that the Saudi Development Fund will also finance two projects worth about US$140 million, but did not give more details.

Senior members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet urged USA 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. The U.S. has supported Saudi Arabia in the war against the Houthis, an Islamic sect that seized the Yemeni capital of Sanaa and other parts of the country more than three years ago.

Khashoggi, who lived in the USA and wrote for The Washington Post, was publicly critical of the Saudi crown prince.

The rights group's move is apparently aimed at embarrassing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he attends the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires.

"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.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has defended the administration's backing of Saudi Arabia in the war in Yemen, saying withdrawing support would undermine efforts to reach a ceasefire.

Senior Republicans have rebuked President Trump by voting in the Senate to limit his ability to give military support to Saudi Arabia.

Those named include Saud al-Qahtani, a former assistant to the Crown Prince who was sacked in October.

The iconic residence of the sitting President of the United States.

Pool/GettyA composite image of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

A federal court source says a prosecutor has asked a judge to determine if Saudi Arabia or Yemen are investigating the prince for possible crimes against humanity.

"There will be another opportunity next week to decide whether we proceed to it", Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, said on the floor. "The case is in the hands of the court and the government will not interfere with it", the spokesperson said.

The sanctions target Saudi Arabian nationals who are, in the opinion of the government of Canada, responsible for, or complicit in, Khashoggi's killing, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in the statement. He added that while he didn't agree with the measure, "the way the administration has handled Saudi Arabia event is just not acceptable".

He said CIA had already briefed the Senate intelligence committee and Senate leaders and "will continue to provide updates on this important matter to policymakers and Congress".

"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.

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