Saudi Prince Says Kushner Is Not 'In His Pocket'

Leader of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement Abdul Malik Badreddin al Houthi

Jubeir, who is accompanying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the visit to the United States, also said the crisis in Yemen could only be resolved through "political process".

On Thursday, the Trump administration signed off on selling more than $1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia as Crown Prince and de facto leader Mohammed bin Salman visits the US.

"They have stood by the United Nations-recognized government and we are going to end this war, that is the bottom line".

Earlier Thursday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the prince that Saudi Arabia was "part of the solution" in Yemen, where the Saudis are leading a US -backed military campaign against Houthi rebels that has been heavily criticized for inflicting civilian casualties.

Prince Mohammed, for his part, noted that the kingdom is examining $400bn in USA business opportunities over the next four years, on top of this week's announcements that Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund would take a $400m stake in Endeavor, one of Hollywood's biggest talent and event managers, as well as $12.5bn in plane, missile and frigate purchases from U.S. companies.

Just hours after the prince left the White House, the U.S. Senate rejected a bipartisan bid created to withdraw U.S. intelligence and reconnaissance support for the war.

"But this has not deterred the US, the United Kingdom and other states, including France, Spainand Italy, from continuing transfers of billions of dollars' worth of such arms", Maalouf added.

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"As well as devastating civilian lives, this makes a mockery of the global Arms Trade Treaty".

Meanwhile, Amnesty International, in a statement on Friday, said there "was extensive evidence that irresponsible arms flows to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition have resulted in enormous harm to Yemeni civilians".

Amnesty also slammed the Iran-backed Huthi rebels for potential war crimes, including indiscriminate artillery shelling, enforced disappearances and death sentences against dissidents and members of the Bahai minority.

More than 9,200 people have been killed and tens of thousands wounded in Yemen's war, which is seen as both a civil conflict and a proxy war between regional titans Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Dubbed by United Nations officials as the world's "largest man-made humanitarian crisis", Yemen has witnessed a massive cholera outbreak, shortages in basic needs and more than 10,000 deaths.

Saudi Arabia's nuclear program is "a massive contract that also has massive geopolitical implications", according to the Soufan Group, another political consultancy.

All six family members were killed or wounded.

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