Yemen conflict: USA defends backing for Saudi-led coalition

Yemeni people attend the funeral of victims of a Saudi-led airstrike in Saada Yemen

They have also said that they support the UN-led talks.

The Tunisian president decorated the Crown Prince with the Order of the Republic.

But the Donald Trump administration's refusal to send CIA Director Gina Haspel to brief senators on the intelligence community's assessment of the role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, coupled with Pompeo's urging of business as usual with the Saudis in a poorly received Wall Street Journal op-ed overnight, appeared to backfire. "The death of Mr. Khashoggi is a serious matter on which I want the entire truth to be made", he said.

"I am looking for the Kodak moment", she said.

Newsweek and other news organizations are reporting that at least five of the Republican senators who voted against ending support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen received donations from Saudi lobbyists.

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

Pompeo argued that the war in Yemen would be "a hell of a lot worse" if the United States were not involved.

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.

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"We had a briefing today that was very unsatisfactory", Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in floor remarks.

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.

"This case is not closed as far as Canada is concerned.in terms of our continued work to determine for ourselves the facts".

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. MBS, the former defense minister, and Saudi Arabia's allies launched Operation Decisive Storm in March 2015.

"It's another blank check endorsement of Saudi war aims", Bruce Riedel, a former Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Council official, and Al-Monitor columnist, told Al-Monitor.

Modi will also meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the event, the Ministry of External Affairs had said on the eve of his departure.

"Saudi Arabia is working to secure Iraq's fragile democracy and keep Baghdad tethered to the West's interests, not Tehran's...is helping manage the flood of refugees fleeing Syria...cooperating closely with Egypt, and establishing stronger ties with Israel...and has also contributed millions of dollars to the US-led effort to fight Islamic State and other terrorist organisations", Mr Pompeo wrote as he made the case for strategic relations between USA and Saudi Arabia.

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