Democrats are presenting a bill to Congress to “hold” Saudi Arabia accountable for Khashoggi’s murder and “violations” of human rights


Washington, USA (CNN) – Two Democrats in the US Congress announced, on Thursday, that they will present a draft resolution, Friday, to “hold Saudi Arabia accountable” for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and “other violations” of human rights.

“We will present a resolution calling for a significant reduction in US aid to Saudi Arabia until the kingdom shows real accountability on human rights, the rule of law, and nuclear issues,” Maryland Democrat David Tron said in a letter to his colleagues, of which CNN obtained a copy.

It is expected that a draft resolution will be presented after President Joe Biden talks with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and after the issuance of an American intelligence report, which is expected to blame Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for Khashoggi’s killing.

Tron said that the draft resolution, which he is presenting with Virginia Democratic Representative Jerry Connolly, will call on the US government to “stop arms transfers to Saudi Arabia as long as Saudi Arabia continues to evade responsibility for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and its involvement in other human rights violations.”

Tron continued by saying in his message to his colleagues, urging them to participate in sponsoring the draft resolution, that he “also seeks to reduce nuclear cooperation until the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signs an agreement for a civilian program that explicitly prohibits uranium enrichment on Saudi territory.”


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