Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for 5 suspects in Khashoggi killing

Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for 5 suspects in Khashoggi killing

Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for 5 suspects in Khashoggi killing

USA intelligence officials have concluded that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, must have at least known of the plot, but Trump has equivocated over who was to blame.

Pompeo also urged senators to vote against the Yemen resolution, claiming the timing is bad because they are "on the cusp" of all parties coming to the table for a potential cease-fire.

The UN chief's comments come amid growing criticism of Saudi Arabia over its role in the war in Yemen and a pending US Senate vote on ending Washington's support for the Saudi-led coalition. The vote to pass the resolution was a reversal from nine months ago when the Senate rejected the same measure.

Mr Pompeo was due to speak to the Senate alongside Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to discuss United States support for the Saudi-led coalition that is fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels, ahead of a possible vote on reducing military backing to the Saudis.

The head of the United Nations said he is willing to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss the war in Yemen, as the UN continues to push for an end to the devastating conflict. "Discussed enhancing Saudi investment in technology, infrastructure, petroleum, renewable energy, food security, fintech & defence sectors", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. The administration "did not win any votes", he said, and there was a lot of frustration that CIA Director Gina Haspel did not attend.

And Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who is often strongly allied with Trump, voted to move forward with the resolution and said he would insist on a briefing from Haspel.

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Bolling also asked about Trump's campaign against cyber-bullying and how she oversees Barron's social media use as a parent.

Central Intelligence Agency press secretary Timothy Barrett said that no one kept Haspel away from the briefing.

Sources in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said, "In recent years, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been a valuable partner".

Pompeo says USA involvement in the conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

Pompeo spoke to reporters after he and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the Senate behind closed doors that weakening US-Saudi ties over the killing would hurt national security.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who wrote critical articles about his country's government, died inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Trump has praised a pending arms deal with the kingdom that he says will provide the USA with jobs and lucrative payments, though some outside assessments say the economic benefits are exaggerated.

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