United Nations chief ready to meet Saudi crown prince on Yemen war

30 November, 2018, 05:12 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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"I just want to make clear that what I'm voting for today is not voting for the substance that is before us", Corker said Wednesday on the Senate floor.

Last year, the oil-rich kingdom spent at least $24m to influence United States policy and public opinion, according to disclosures to the Department of Justice made available through the Center for Responsive Politics' Foreign Lobby Watch tool.

She had traveled to Turkey as part of the investigation and listened to an audio tape that Turkish officials say captured the sounds of Saudi officials killing Khashoggi. They are an active member of that war in Yemen, hence the War Powers Resolution that was invoked in the Senate and is now hopefully moving forward toward a vote.

"Well, if Donald Trump is going to meet him in order to look him in the eye and say, and read him the riot act, that this was outrageous and his involvement is well beyond the pale, and that he is going to be held to account, then there's a reason to meet with him", said Brennan.

Saudi Arabia is an ally, of sorts, and a semi-important country, we've watched innocent people be killed.

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Corker and Menendez earlier this month invoked the Global Magnitsky Law to force the administration within four months to inform Congress on what role the Saudi crown prince played in Khashoggi's murder.

Republican Senator Bob Corker joined Lindsay Graham in questioning the administration's handling of recent events.

"For every child killed by bombs and bullets, dozens are starving to death, and it's entirely preventable", said Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children's country director in Yemen, in the release. This was a remarkable result, given how hard the White House had lobbied against the measure.

Saudi Arabia has acknowledged the Washington Post columnist, a United States resident, was killed inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate in October but has blamed his death on a "rogue" operation. He added that "the Trump administration will consider further punitive measures if more facts about Khashoggi's murder come to light".

To date, Trump's deputies have shown no indication of planning to change course.

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The organizations stated that the effect of USA humanitarian contributions to aid agencies in Yemen "pale in comparison to the harm caused by U.S. military support and diplomatic cover to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates".

Save the Children has said up to 85,000 Yemeni children may have died in the three-year-old conflict.

The two top Cabinet officials appeared at a closed-door meeting ahead of a Senate vote Wednesday afternoon on a resolution to rein in US military support for the kingdom. He also argued that the resolution could thwart negotiations to secure a ceasefire - an argument lawmakers disputed.

Mattis and Pompeo both said the U.S.is on the verge of starting peace talks. "Try defending that outcome back home". He was killed in what USA officials have described as an elaborate plot at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which he had visited for marriage paperwork. As for "unblemished partners", the defense of bin Salman is entirely in line with U.S. imperialism's historic reliance on police state monarchies and fascist-military dictatorships from the Middle East to Latin America and beyond to pursue its interests. The U.S. government has turned a blind eye to these atrocities for years. "We can not be deflected from using all our influence to end this war for the good of innocent people in trouble, and ultimately the safety of our own people, and this includes our military engagement".

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