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Saudi crown prince meets India’s Modi in Argentina

Saudi crown prince meets India’s Modi in Argentina

The White House is issuing the veto threat as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) and Defense Secretary James Mattis are on Capitol Hill briefing senators who are increasingly uneasy with the USA response to Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee).

A similar resolution fell six votes short of passage earlier this year, but some senators apparently were ready to switch.

The 63-to-37 vote came after a contentious administration briefing on the war, a discussion that also addressed Saudi involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, NBC News reported.

The prince known in the west as (MBS) also discussed with Mr. Modi Saudi oil giant Aramco's investment in refineries in India, including the company's project to build a large refinery on the western coast of India, SPA said. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., said he was reconsidering his position.

Several senators said they were angry about the absence of CIA Director Gina Haspel from the pre-vote briefing.

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Canada has imposed sanctions against 17 Saudi nationals for their alleged involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Global Affairs Canada announced in a statement on Thursday.

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. "I'm not going to blow past this", he said. 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. In remarks prepared for Wednesday, Pompeo says, "The first mission is to assist the Saudis and the Emiratis in their fight against Iranian-backed Houthi fighters".

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

The de facto Saudi ruler arrived in Argentina on Wednesday, bidding to shrug off worldwide outrage over the October 2 murder in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. His language was blunt in a Wall Street Journal article published Tuesday, writing that Khashoggi's murder "has heightened the Capitol Hill caterwauling and media pile-on". Riyadh said last month that it had. Trump has praised a pending arms deal with the kingdom that he says will provide the US with jobs and lucrative payments, though some outside assessments say the economic benefits are exaggerated.