US Senate panel advances Saudi sanctions measure
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee backed the legislation which would thrust some sanctions upon the royal family of Saudi while blocking the sales of weapons. This would also push back against the close ties established by President Donald Trump with the kingdom. The voting was 13-9 by the legislation, as three of the republicans joined the committee democrats in order to back the measures even with the expected opposition showed by Donald Trump.
Several members of the Congress have worried for months and have wanted to hold the country of Saudi Arabia responsible for the abuse of human rights along with the increasing number of the civilian casualties seen during the Saudi-UAE war of Yemen. This includes the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist, in the year 2018 when he was visiting the Turkey based Saudi consulate.
According to the reports, the US based intelligence agencies mentioned that the crown prince of Saudi, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), called for Khashoggi’s murder. However, the conclusions derived by the Saudi officials have denied this blame. In order to become the law, a measure needs to be passed by the Republican-Majority Senate along with the Democratic-Controlled House of Representatives.