G20 meeting: Narendra Modi meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Gen. James Mattis the head of U.S. Central Command takes questions after delivering a lecture to the London think tank Policy Exchange in London Tuesday Feb. 1 2011

"There is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi", Pompeo told reporters after he and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the Senate that weakening US-Saudi ties over Khashoggi's killing would be insensible.

MBS's stop in the North African country came during a tour of "brotherly Arab states", the first trip the Saudi crown prince has taken outside of Saudi Arabia since Khashoggi was murdered.

The Republican-led Senate voted 63 to 37 on Wednesday to advance legislation which would end the US military's support of the Saudi-led war in Yemen. "They were accusing people who disagreed with him as somehow loving Obama".

The federal NDP said Thursday it plans to press the Liberal government to "have the courage" to move beyond sanctions to the immediate cessation of all arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

The 17 individuals will not be able to enter Canada and will have any assets they may have in the country frozen.

Trump has dismissed a Central Intelligence Agency assessment that bin Salman likely ordered Khashoggi's murder.

Defying the White House, the Senate voted on Wednesday to advance a resolution to end USA military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, setting the stage for a possible final vote on the measure within days.

The bill was co-sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders, who said as the world's superpower it was up to the U.S.to make its own decision on the future of its involvement. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch last week accused Saudi Arabia of subjecting several activists - including some female human-rights defenders detained since May - to torture and sexual harassment, allegations denied by a Saudi official.

Amnesty International Canada also welcomed the sanctions - and also said that banning further shipments of armoured vehicles should be part of Canada's response.

The procedural vote received more Republican support than had been expected after the resolution, sponsored by Republican Sen.

The Crown Prince himself, known by his initials MBS, arrived in Buenos on Wednesday.

Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said after the briefing it was apparent to everyone in the room that the crown prince was responsible for Khashoggi's death. "But degrading U.S. -Saudi ties would be a grave mistake for the national security of the U.S. and its allies".

It has been over a month since the prime minister announced the government is reviewing current export permits to the kingdom, said the New Democrats' foreign-affairs critic Helene Laverdiere. 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.

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