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  • U.S. Senate voted to stop the supply of military aid to Saudi Arabia for its war on Yemen.

    U.S. Senate voted to stop the supply of military aid to Saudi Arabia for its war on Yemen. | Photo: Reuters

Published 12 December 2018
Opinion

The United States Senate voted Wednesday to end military aid to Saudi Arabia for its Yemen War. 

The United States Senate voted Wednesday to cut U.S. military support for the Saudi Arabia-led war on Yemen. This push to vote came after an uproar over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia.

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The vote also comes while the Houthi and Saudi-backed government officials are participating in United Nations-brokered peace talks in Stockholm in an effort to halt the war.

Senators are also set to vote on a second resolution aimed at denouncing the Trump administration for its support for Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) even after the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) concluded that MBS ordered Khashoggi's murder. 

The resolution is even backed by members of President Donald Trump’s Republican party.

Republican Senator Bob Corker earlier said he expected the measure to pass the Senate, noting that its co-sponsors include Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. If it passes the House of Representatives, it would go to the White House for Trump to sign or veto.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence James Mattis will brief legislators on the U.S.' diplomatic relation with Saudi Arabia Thursday.

This is the first time that a measure invoking the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which asserts Congress' authority in matters of war and peace, has progressed this far in the Senate. 

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