Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Senate starts debate on United States role in Yemen

Senate starts debate on United States role in Yemen

"We also want to preserve a 70-year partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia, and we want to ensure it continues to serve American interests and stabilizes a unsafe and critical region".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the Senate could vote as soon as Wednesday on a resolution calling on the U.S.to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that gained momentum after Khashoggi's death. Some of them have criticized the US response as weak and urged harsher action against Saudi Arabia.

Sanders and Murphy say two key moments contributed to the push's growing momentum: Saudi bombing of a school bus filled with Yemeni children in August, and what the C.I.A. believes to be the Saudi government-sanctioned killing in August of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Reuters reporters followed by asking if Trump believes that his continued support is critical to MBS ascension to King, as some in the Saudi Royal family are reportedly "agitating to prevent MBS from becoming king, sources close to the royal court have told Reuters, and believe that the United States and Trump could play a determining role".

"I think it's not looking too good right now, but we'll see", Engel replied.

"You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organised by people under the command of MBS", Republican senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally, said last week. "And don't do this again". "And that has been hugely important". In the three and a half years since the conflict began, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, have garnered widespread reports of war crimes. A Saudi-led coalition backed by the USA has attempted to wrest back control of the neighboring country, but has been largely locked in a stalemate.

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The Saudi government is now grappling with an global crisis over the murder of prominent dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The announcement of the bipartisan piece of legislation comes just hours after CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed leaders in the House on the Khashoggi killing.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured during his meeting with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and officials in Algiers, Algeria December 2, 2018. "It may show up tomorrow, it may have shown up overnight and I have not seen it", Pompeo told Fox News in an interview.

But backers of the resolution said it sent an important message that lawmakers are unhappy with the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, and angry about the lack of a strong USA response to the killing of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Pressed on a response to Saudi Arabia, the president has said the United States "intends to remain a steadfast partner" of the country, touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the US and thanked the country for plunging oil prices.

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