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"I am intending to speak with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. They've killed more civilians this year than any year prior in the Yemen war", Sen.

Global pressure has mounted on Riyadh to find those responsible for the grisly murder of Khashoggi, a United States resident who wrote for The Washington Post and had been critical of Prince Mohammed.

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.

Anger was abundant on Capitol Hill because neither CIA Director Gina Haspel nor any representative from the CIA were present to brief the members.

In a classified briefing, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis urged senators not to vote in favor of the measure.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he would withhold his vote on any key issue, including a government spending bill, until he gets a briefing on the topic from the Central Intelligence Agency. "So if that briefing is not given soon it's going to be hard for me to vote for any spending bill". "That's all I can say in an unclassified setting".

Beyond countering expanding Qatari influence, the Saudi move is likely to increase the kingdom's leverage in pressuring the Palestine Authority to back off its refusal to entertain a mooted US Israeli-Palestinian peace plan that has yet to be made public but would be stillborn without Palestinian participation.

The procedural vote received more Republican support than had been expected after the resolution, sponsored by Republican Sen.

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.

Amnesty International Canada also welcomed the sanctions - and also said that banning further shipments of armoured vehicles should be part of Canada's response. On Tuesday, he said that "what obviously happened, as basically certified by the Central Intelligence Agency, is completely abhorrent to everything the United States holds dear and stands for in the world".

As the humanitarian crisis worsens each day in war-torn Yemen, worldwide efforts to stop the Saudi-led military campaign have ramped up with United Nations -sponsored peace talks expected to start next week.

The U.S. -backed, Saudi-led military intervention was under way, and parts of Yemen were under siege by the Houthi rebels when Safa Al Ahmad traveled back to the country in 2016 to see the human toll of the war.

Contrary to his original testimony, the project was discussed multiple times within the company - beyond January 2016 - and with efforts to obtain Russian governmental approval being discussed as late as June of that year.


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