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The G-20 summit is the first global forum attended by the Saudi Prince's since the crisis over the grisly murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Pompeo and Mattis both came to Capitol Hill to urgently lobby against the Yemen resolution, which would call for an end to USA military assistance for the conflict that human rights advocates say is wreaking havoc on Yemen and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing. "They were accusing people who disagreed with him as somehow loving Obama". The worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen is also playing a role in senators' frustration with the ongoing war there in which the U.S.is supplying Saudi Arabia with weapons and support to fight the Houthi rebels.

"While Canada has imposed sanctions on these 17 Saudi nationals, we continue to call for a transparent and rigorous accounting of the circumstances surrounding Mr. Khashoggi's murder", the media release states.

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MBS, the former defense minister, and Saudi Arabia's allies launched Operation Decisive Storm in March 2015.

For his part, U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his country's ties to Saudi Arabia following Khashoggi's murder.

Senior Republicans have rebuked President Trump by voting in the Senate to limit his ability to give military support to Saudi Arabia.

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.

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However, Pompeo and Mattis did not seem to convince senators, including some of Trump's fellow Republicans, who said they believed a lack of action would send a more unsafe message to the world.

The frustration seemed to give the Yemen war resolution, introduced by independent Senator Bernie Sanders, more momentum.

Prince Salman said that Saudi Arabia will be finalising an initial investment into the National Infrastructure Fund.

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. "So, a lot has changed in the last few months to get us to this point". Trump has praised a pending arms deal with the kingdom that he says will provide the USA with jobs and lucrative payments, though some outside assessments say the economic benefits are exaggerated.

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