Saudi rejects US Senate 'interference' on Khashoggi

Saudi rejects US Senate 'interference' on Khashoggi

The resolutions acknowledge the importance of US-Saudi ties, but call upon Riyadh to moderate "its increasingly erratic foreign policy".

Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an "enemy of the state" and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on that - this is an unacceptable and terrible crime.

The statement released by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Jamal Khashoggi's murder is a crime that does not reflect the policy of the kingdom nor its institutions, reported Reuters.

Trump has disputed that the Central Intelligence Agency has reached its declared conclusion, and in a statement in November reiterated US support for Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, it also reaffirmed its commitment to continue to further develop relations with the U.S.

Saudi Arabia's oil-rich monarchy is one of America's most strategic partners and a significant patron of USA defense companies.

The resolution, passed by unanimous agreement, says the Senate believes the crown prince is "responsible for the murder" and calls for the Saudi Arabian government to "ensure appropriate accountability".

"The American people should not be forced to bear these costs, and I am encouraged DOD is taking steps to get full reimbursement", Reed said using the acronym for the U.S. Department of Defence.

The Kingdom maintains that his death at the hands of Saudi agents in the country's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, was a rogue operation.

This represents the first time in USA history the Senate has voted to withdraw military forces from an unauthorized war using the War Powers Resolution.

In its statement, the Saudis said the Senate's position will not affect the kingdom's "leading role in the region", its role in supporting the stability of global energy markets, its counterterrorism cooperation and its stand with the United States in confronting Iran. The Saudi government has said it is investigating Khashoggi's death but its prosecutors have already absolved Mohammed of any responsibility.

The Senate resolutions can not be debated in the House of Representatives before January, and are likely be vetoed in any case by Trump.

The Senate also approved a separate measure on Thursday (Friday NZT) to end United States participation in the Saudi-led war effort in Yemen.

The Senate resolution also calls the war in Yemen a "humanitarian crisis" and requires that the president withdraw any troops in or "affecting" Yemen within 30 days "unless they are fighting al-Qaeda". It reminded the United States of the "deep strategic, political, economic, and security ties that were built over several decades" between the two countries.

The Saudi-UAE coalition launched an intervention in 2015 through a massive air campaign targeting Houthi rebels.

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