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Saudi Arabia Denounces U.S. Senate Rebukes On Jamal Khashoggi And Yemen War: NPR

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Dec. 9th                                                                        Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court / Reuters                                    hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court / Reuters             Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Dec. 9. Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court / Reuters                     Accusing U.S. lawmakers or interfering in its affairs, Saudi Arabia has rejected recently passed U.S. Senate resolutions ending U.S. support for the war in Yemen and laying blame for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the feet of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi Arabia denounced the U.S. Senate's position on Monday as being "based on baseless allegations and accusations" that distort the truth. The Senate adopted the two resolutions with bipartisan support last week, despite ongoing U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia's prominent role in Yemen's civil war – and the repeated insistence of President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that there is no direct evidence connecting the crown prince to Khashoggi's death. Trump said late last month that the U.S. does not condone Khashoggi's killing at the Saudi consulate in Turkey in October. Men han syntes også at spørre om Prins Mohammed visste om eller instruerte operasjonen, og sa: "Kanskje han gjorde og kanskje han gjorde det ikke!" Mens konstitusjonens forklaringer…

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Dec. 9th



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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Dec. 9.

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Accusing U.S. lawmakers or interfering in its affairs, Saudi Arabia has rejected recently passed U.S. Senate resolutions ending U.S. support for the war in Yemen and laying blame for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the feet of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia denounced the U.S. Senate’s position on Monday as being “based on baseless allegations and accusations” that distort the truth.

The Senate adopted the two resolutions with bipartisan support last week, despite ongoing U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s prominent role in Yemen’s civil war – and the repeated insistence of President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that there is no direct evidence connecting the crown prince to Khashoggi’s death.

Trump said late last month that the U.S. does not condone Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi consulate in Turkey in October. Men han syntes også at spørre om Prins Mohammed visste om eller instruerte operasjonen, og sa: “Kanskje han gjorde og kanskje han gjorde det ikke!”

Mens konstitusjonens forklaringer for Khashoggi’s død har ændret sig over tid, det har alltid nektet at The crown prince was involved.

The Senate Resolution on Yemen would ban US military aircraft from “providing in-flight fuel for non-U.S. aircraft conducting missions as part of the conflict in Yemen.” Introduced by a group of lawmakers that includes Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Adds, “This joint resolution shall not affect any military operations directed at Al Qaeda.”

The vote for the U.S. to withdraw military support for Saudi actions in Yemen “marks the first time the Senate utilized powers granted under the 1973 War Powers Act, which gives Congress the power to demand an end to military actions,” as NPR’s Scott Detrow reported.

The vote came weeks after the Save the Children charity released an estimate saying “that since the beginning of the war in Yemen, some 85,000 infants and children under the age of five may have died of starvation or disease, “as NPR reported.

On the same day it addressed Yemen, the Senate also adopted a second resolution intended to” hold Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, “said Sen . Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Who backed the measure. The resolution called on Saudi Arabia to respect its citizens’ rights and free women’s rights activists who have been arrested this year.

In its retort, Saudi Arabia said on Monday that the country categorically rejects the accusations made against it. Svaret kom fra Shura Council, et lovgivende organ som rådgiver Saudi Arabia’s konge. Its message was amplified by a sequence of tweets and a press release from the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

The council went on to say that Saudi Arabia is fighting against terrorism, adding that it rejects what it called an attempt to undermine its sovereignty.

In the Senate resolution on Khashoggi, Corker, Sanders and other backers had said Saudi Arabia’s “misleading statements” and “increasingly erratic foreign policy” have undermined trust and jeopardized the kingdom’s friendly relationship with the US

Those friendly ties were also mentioned by the Shura Council – but it also suggested that the current dispute is between Saudi Arabia and the US Senate – not the Trump administration. The Saudi news release noted, “the position of the U.S. Senate does not reflect the role of parliamentary councils in enhancing friendly relations among countries, whether officially or popularly.”

The two senate resolutions passed with varying levels of support. The Khashoggi measure was approved in a voice vote that reflected unanimous support. The Yemen war powers vote was far closer, with several Republicans joining Democrats in the 56-41 tally.

As for what might happen now, NPR’s Detrow has reported that “the effort to stop American involvement in Yemen is still a long way from a done deal. The House would have to pass the resolution by year’s end and President Trump would have to sign it – two steps that probably will not happen. “

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