'Peace is possible': US, Iran hail progress in Yemen talks


The 56-41 vote stops US military assistance in Yemen's civil war, which has become a brutal and immoral proxy battle between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., also welcomed the ceasefire in a series of posts on Twitter, saying it would "help bring back security to the region, including the security of the Red Sea, a vital waterway for global trade".

The rebuke of the young heir apparent to the Saudi throne is a direct challenge to Trump, who has sought to cast doubt on the crown prince's involvement in the killing and has stressed instead the importance of U.S. trade and military ties with Riyadh. We also thank the Government of Sweden for hosting, as well as the governments of Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the many others that helped facilitate and support the consultations.

"The vote today is the Senate's first response to the Saudi royal family and to the Trump administration", Leahy said.

USA intelligence officials concluded that the Crown Prince must have at least known of the plot, but Mr Trump has repeatedly praised the kingdom.

The US provides military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, where more than 14 million people are on the verge of starvation following more than four years of war.

That's why you see odd bedfellows like Bernie Sanders and Mike Lee standing shoulder to shoulder to protect *our* freedom and *our* democracy, something Saudi Arabia despises despite how conveniently and glowingly president after president speaks of her despotic monarchy.

"Unanimously, the United States Senate has said that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi".

Trump has said he wants Washington to stand by the Saudi government and the prince, despite a Central Intelligence Agency assessment it was likely he ordered Khashoggi's killing.

"What the Khashoggi event did was to demonstrate, hey, maybe this isn't a regime that we should just be following that eagerly into battle", Mr Lee said.

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Congress needs to send a message to allies that "you cannot kill with impunity and believe you can get away with it", said Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee.

The measure on Yemen gained momentum in the Senate after a small group of senators received a briefing from CIA Director Gina Haspel last week that they said convinced them the crown prince was responsible for the killing.

The journalist, who had lived in the U.S. and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime.

Saudi prosecutors have said a 15-man team sent to Istanbul killed Khashoggi and then dismembered his body, which has not been found.

Mr Trump has been reluctant to condemn the Crown Prince, saying that the United States "intends to remain a steadfast partner" of the country, touted Saudi arms deals worth billions of dollars to the US. The incoming Democratically controlled House is expected to move on the legislation early next year.

Mr Menendez said that economic concerns do not overpower human rights and the USA must send a "global message that killing with impunity" will not be tolerated.

Yemen's warring parties agreed on Thursday to cease fighting for the Houthi-held port city of Hodeidah and withdraw their troops, the first significant breakthrough for UN-led peace efforts in five years of conflict.

The agreement came during peace talks in Sweden.

In a historic move, Senators voted 56-41 to end USA military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's civil war.