Republican Senators Urge Tougher Stance On Saudi Arabia: Trump's Statement 'So Weak'

Republican Senators Urge Tougher Stance On Saudi Arabia: Trump's Statement 'So Weak'

Republican Senators Urge Tougher Stance On Saudi Arabia: Trump's Statement 'So Weak'

Saudi Arabia has been thrust into the worldwide spotlight after Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi writer and dissident based in the US, was assassinated at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey on October 2 by members of the Saudi Government.

"The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region", the president added, noting Saudi investments in US military equipment and other contracts.

Lawmakers said the case would rely on both the Prince's alleged connection to war crimes in Yemen as well as the Khashoggi killing.

"American people and our involvement in this war", said the senator.

Tunisia's presidency has said the de facto Saudi ruler will visit the North African nation for several hours on Tuesday as part of a regional tour, without providing details on the programme. "The intelligence I've seen suggests that this was ordered by the crown prince".

The CIA has concluded that Prince Mohammed ordered the operation to kill Khashoggi last month - as first reported by the Washington Post - and has briefed other parts of the United States government on its findings, sources told Reuters last week.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says the Central Intelligence Agency have made mistakes before and are not to be trusted.

"The government discussed arms export matters and decided that in the current situation there are no foundations for new arms export authorizations to Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates", noted Finland's Foreign Ministry in a statement cited earlier by Sputnik News.

The US continues to sell cutting-edge weapons to Saudi Arabia in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and an ever-deepening humanitarian crisis in Yemen, even as Germany is now joined by Finland and Denmark in urging European Union member states to halt military transactions with Riyadh.

"I do think we need to look into this further, and we need to understand where the investigations are leading us", she said.

The Senate is expected to take up a bill this week from Lee and Sen.

"Now, Saudi Arabia is a great strategic partner for us", she added.

Dr. Alaa Ezz, secretary-general of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce, told Arab News that Saudi Arabia ranks first in terms of Arab investments in Egypt. Trump, in his statement last week, said, "I will consider whatever ideas are presented to me, but only if they are consistent with the absolute security and safety of America". They have worked closely with us and have been very responsive to my requests to keeping oil prices at reasonable levels - so important for the world.

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