US seeks Saudi support on Iran crisis but refuses to discuss Khashoggi murder


The postpositive major official met with King Salman and the Crown Prince in the United Arab Emirates epoches after President Donald Trump came within minutes of object Iran with air strikes. The two parties discussed the flammable situation with Tehran and strategised to maritime security – but one key issue was off the table. A senior official simply said that the disputable issue of Mr Khashoggi’s murder did not come up – echoing Mr Trump’s answer after his elicit with Mohammed bin Salman on Friday.

Following a scarring UN report closing week that called for the Saudi Crown Prince to be investigated for the butcher of the journalist, many called on the US to take a harder stance on Saudi Arabia.

Come what may, Mr Trump, citing the nation as an ally, dismissed the report outright due to Washington’s relationship with the land.

He said: “Saudi Arabia is a big buyer of (American) product.

“That conveys something to me. It’s a big producer of jobs.”

Despite some members of the Trump supplying pressing the Saudis to show progress in holding Mr Khashoggi’s killers obliged, the Kingdom has been dismissive and uncooperative.

This has led many to believe that the brotherhood to kill the dissident journalist came from the very top.

Meanwhile, Mr Pompeo emphasised Washington’s short-term predominance in the region as he tweeted: “Freedom of navigation is paramount.”

A senior US official believed that Washington is all set to build a ‘Sentinel’ programme which would act as a “proactive deterrence” in the Confining of Hormuz.

The strait is a crucial passageway for trade, with 20 percent of oil restless through it – but attacks on two oil tankers in the nearby Gulf of Oman have perturbed US and Saudi officials.

As such, Washington is set to implement a range of cameras, binoculars and watch ships so they have “eyes on all shipping”.

The official added: “What the Iranians are doing by let fly down American drones, shooting at other drones in the region not neck necessarily over the Gulf, anywhere, is to prevent us from having regards on them.”

The US has protected the strait for decades thanks to a naval fleet founded in Bahrain – and now Mr Trump has called for his allies to contribute.

A US official said: “There desire be military ships from foreign countries, from a broad coalition of boonies who participate in this.

“I don’t think they’re escorting. I think they’re check over.”

The visit comes as the White House placed “hard-hitting” sanctions on Tehran in retaliation to a US drone being sharpshooter down in Iranian airspace.

Despite growing tensions between the two polities, both governments have tentatively voiced a desire to get back to the obtaining table.

The US and Saudi Arabia, who have strengthened their relationship since Mr Trump got into duty, share a mutual adversary in Iran, leading to significant collaboration between the two.

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