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"There is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and that's all I can say in an unclassified setting", Mattis said after the meeting where he and Pompeo argued against suspending aid.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland says the sanctions are being imposed against 17 Saudi nationals the federal government believes are "responsible for or complicit in the extrajudicial and extraterritorial killing of [journalist Jamal Khashoggi]". The Massachusetts Democrat also sent letters to 23 current and former Saudi lobbyists asking them to detail their dealings with the Trump administration.

Canada joins France, the USA and Germany in imposing targeted sanctions related to the murder of the prominent Saudi journalist.

Ms. Freeland, speaking to reporters in Argentina before a Group of 20 meeting, said these new sanctions do not bring to an end Canada's interest in the fate of Mr. Khashoggi.

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

"The murder of Jamal Khashoggi is abhorrent and represents an unconscionable attack on the freedom of expression of all individuals", Freeland said in a statement.

Canada says it is also now reviewing its arms sales to Saudi Arabia. "World leaders would do well to think twice before posing for pictures next to someone who may come under investigation for war crimes and torture".

Neither CIA Director Gina Haspel or Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is attending and their absence has angered Republican and Democratic members of Congress who are demanding answers on what role Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman played in Khashoggi's murder.

"Macron, who everyone claimed was a defender of progressive liberal values in Europe, said that calls to halt weapons sales to Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi's murder were "pure demagoguery"[.] Saudi Arabia is the 2nd biggest purchaser of French weapons", she wrote on Twitter.

"The response of Canada to the Khashoggi affair is one of those instances in which we see a consensus emerging between Canada and certain European Union countries in trying to preserve the rule-based global order", she said.

Last month, a source in Macron's office said France would not make any decisions on its relationship with Saudi Arabia until the facts surrounding Khashoggi's death are clear.

It was unclear whether the French president was calling for an worldwide investigation beyond existing Turkish and Saudi probes.