Saudi crown prince meets India’s Modi in Argentina

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes his way to caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Nov. 28 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes his way to caucus on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Nov. 28 2018

Freeland accompanied Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the summit, also attended by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The 63 to 37 vote, with 13 Republicans joining the Democrats, was held after senators were denied a briefing by Gina Haspel, the Central Intelligence Agency director, on the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Crown Prince informed PM that Saudi will be finalising an initial investment into national infrastructure fund", ANI quoted Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale as saying.

That coalition, which includes the United Arab Emirates, launched a military offensive in Yemen in 2015 to root out Houthi rebels, who had deposed Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and taken over the capital, Sanaa.


The procedural measure passed 63-37, a strong rebuke to the president's authority and a reversal for the Senate, which rejected the same measure just nine months ago when only 44 senators supported it. "They've killed more civilians this year than any year prior in the Yemen war", Sen. Democratic Sens. Chris Coons of DE and Jack Reed of Rhode Island also said they were changing their votes, and Sen.

The Senate acted after President Trump indicated he would not take steps against Saudi Arabia despite the murder of dissident Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the trilateral meeting with PM Modi will be held towards the end of the Trump-Abe talks which is part of the series of the meetings the US President will hold during the two days.

Speaking to reporters after he addressed the senate, Pompeo repeated administration claims that there was no direct evidence connecting Prince Mohamed to Khashoggi's murder. "And that's all I can say in an unclassified setting", he said. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters.

"There will be another opportunity next week to decide whether we proceed to it", Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, said on the floor. "The death of Mr. Khashoggi is a serious matter on which I want the entire truth to be made", he said.


During the meeting, the two leaders discussed ways to further boost economic, cultural and energy ties.

The Trump administration has promised to veto the withdrawal efforts advancing through Congress if they reach his desk in the form of a final bill. His language was blunt in a Wall Street Journal article, writing that Khashoggi's murder "has heightened the Capitol Hill caterwauling and media pile-on".

"Abandoning Yemen would do huge damage to USA national security interests and those of our Middle Eastern allies and partners".


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