G20 summit: PM Modi meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

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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.

Worldwide pressure has mounted on Riyadh to find those responsible for the grisly murder of Khashoggi, a United States resident who wrote for The Washington Post and had been critical of Prince Mohammed.

The other four Republicans who voted against the resolution to allow a Senate vote on the issue were Sens.

Yesterday's "procedural vote sets up the beginning of a floor debate on the resolution next week", explains the AP.

The Senate vote came after a closed-door briefing by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

"More broadly, degrading ties with Saudi Arabia would be a grave mistake for U.S. national security, and that of our allies", Pompeo said in his prepared remarks to the Senate.

Human Rights Watch accuses the prince of war crimes in Yemen and responsibility for the gruesome slaying of newspaper columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.

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The president has faced accusations of ignoring USA intelligence that concluded, according to a US official, that it was likely the crown prince himself ordered the killing. Germany has moved to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi killing and Denmark has suspended future approvals of weapons and military equipment exports there. Mike Lee of Utah and Independent Sen. "Having said that, the way the administration has handled the Saudi Arabia is just not acceptable".

The Crown Prince himself, known by his initials MBS, arrived in Buenos on Wednesday. The U.S., Germany and France have already done something similar.

Khashoggi's murder is "abhorrent" and "represents an unconscionable attack on the freedom of expression of all individuals", she added.

"This belated and timid response from the government does not address the full scope of challenges in Canada's relations with Saudi Arabia", she said.

"The question for me is whether or not the Central Intelligence Agency supports the conclusion with a high degree of confidence that the crown prince was complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi", Graham said after the briefing.

Since he took office in 2014 at the head of a Hindu-nationalist government, Modi has sought to expand ties with Saudi Arabia and other Islamic nations to deny arch foe Pakistan an advantage and to leverage India's fast-growing economy as an attractive investment.

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