Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman has gone `full gangster`, says US Senator

Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman has gone `full gangster`, says US Senator

Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman has gone `full gangster`, says US Senator

"In the long run, we need a strong and mature partnership with Saudi Arabia", Abizaid said.

Testifying before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee at his confirmation hearing, retired Army General John Abizaid told lawmakers it would be "difficult to imagine a successful US effort to undercut Sunni extremism or keep Iran in check without engaging and partnering with the Kingdom".

Senators at Abizaid's confirmation hearing, Trump's fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, condemned the kingdom's conduct in the civil war in Yemen, heavy-handed diplomacy and rights abuses including torturing women's rights activists and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

It was the first rebuke of the kingdom at the U.N. Human Rights Council since it was set up in 2006 and came amid growing global concern about Saudi violations of basic freedoms such as freedom of expression. "It's about a government".

Despite increasing tension between Washington and Riyadh, the United States has not had an ambassador to the kingdom since Trump became US president in January 2017.

The Saudi crown prince and his leadership have come under heavy criticism and increasing scrutiny from Democratic and Republican lawmakers in the wake of the killing of USA resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October.

Khashoggi was brutally murdered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.


The years-long war in Yemen, where Saudi-led coalition is fighting the Houthi rebels, however, was not even touched-on by the "damning" statement. But Abizaid said the Trump administration believes strongly that USA support should continue. Speaking of the resolution that the Senate and House of Representatives have passed that would end United States support for the Saudi-led coalition, Trump's nominee said that the administration believes that the United States support must continue. And the Daily Beast is reporting that Kushner, according to three anonymous sources, did not share the details of the meetings with members of the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh.

"I don't have any other explanation for why the president seems to have this freakish policy toward Saudi Arabia, in which he makes it look as if we're the junior partner", he said.

"We call upon Saudi Arabia to disclose all information available and to fully cooperate with all investigations into the killing, including the human rights inquiry by the Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial executions". In Saudi Arabia, 11 suspects have been indicted in the murder, and officials have rejected accusations that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing.

Saudi Arabia began detaining the activists in May, just weeks ahead of the lifting of the ban on women driving for which many of them had campaigned.

On Wednesday, Republican Senator Ron Johnson echoed Rubio's criticisms of bin Salman, while also using the "full gangster" tagline.

Abizaid said in prepared remarks that the Islamic State militant group has been "nearly vanquished on the ground", but remains a "potent threat" to the United States and its allies. The Florida Senator added that the Saudi royal was "reckless, ruthless" and "increasingly willing to test the limits of what he can get away with".

After criticism, Trump has since chose to leave hundreds of USA troops in the country over the longer run.

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