Canada sanctions 17 Saudi nationals over Jamal Khashoggi murder

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Many in Congress are calling for the take a tougher stance with the key Gulf ally over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Had a fruitful interaction with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud".

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.

Freeland said Canada is now reviewing its sale of light armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia, and as that review is ongoing, no new arms permits are being issued.

The Senate was to take a procedural vote later Wednesday on whether to consider a resolution that would end USA assistance for the conflict that human rights advocates say is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing.

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.

Their listing also renders them inadmissible to Canada pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.The Canadian government also reiterated its call for a transparent and rigorous accounting of the circumstances surrounding Khashoggi's murder, dismissing Saudi Arabia's explanations of what happened as inconsistent and not credible.

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The White House issued a veto threat for that resolution, even as Pompeo and Mattis spoke with the senators.

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But the director of the CIA Gina Haspel, the only Trump cabinet member who listened to the alleged audio of the killing in Istanbul, did not take part in the briefing. "What obviously happened [in the Khashoggi case] is completely abhorrent to everything the United States holds dear and stands for in the world", Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called the briefing "inadequate", adding that he will not be a reliable Republican vote on any key legislation until the Central Intelligence Agency briefs the members. He said the CIA had already briefed the Senate intelligence committee and Senate leaders and "will continue to provide updates on this important matter to policymakers and Congress".

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

"This case is not closed", she said. "But the kingdom is a powerful force for Mideast stability", Mr Pompeo said that "degrading US-Saudi ties would be a grave mistake for the national security of the US and its allies". 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.