Khashoggi Murder:Canada sanctions 17 Saudi nationals

Minnie Murray
December 1, 2018

Canada on Thursday announced sanctions targeting 17 Saudi nationals linked to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he intends to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of a G-20 summit in Argentina, in what would be bin Salman's first meeting with a Western leader since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have chose to set up a mechanism at the leadership level to scale up the oil-rich kingdom's investments in energy, infrastructure and defence sectors in India as they met on the sidelines of the G-20 summit here.

The 63 to 37 vote, with 13 Republicans joining the Democrats, was held after senators were denied a briefing by Gina Haspel, the Central Intelligence Agency director, on the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A media release from Global Affairs Canada said these Saudis "are, in the opinion of the Government of Canada, responsible for or complicit in the extrajudicial killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, 2018".

"The murder of Jamal Khashoggi is abhorrent and represents an unconscionable attack on freedom of expression and freedom of the press", Freeland said.

"Regarding the crown prince, who is attending this summit, Saudi Arabia is a permanent member of the G20".

Freeland would not say whether Canadians will speak with Saudis during the meeting of the world's top economic leaders in Buenos Aires. But Canada hasn't cancelled a multibillion-dollar military armored vehicle contract.

The worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen also played a role in senators' frustration with the ongoing war there, in which the USA is supplying Saudi Arabia with weapons and support to fight Yemeni troops. Saudi Arabia remained indifferent to calls from the worldwide community, the increasing humanitarian price of the war and the fact that the battle would remain futile.

The 52-year-old Cohen, who once famously said he would take a bullet for the Republican billionaire, admitted one count of making false statements relating to an already known prospective real-estate deal in court.

The Canadian minister said the G20 meeting will offer Canada and allies an opportunity to discuss further steps on Saudi Arabia. "This is a normalization tour", she said. US intelligence officials have concluded that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, must have at least known of the plot, but Trump has equivocated over who was to blame.

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