Still on the Mysterious death of Jamal Khashoggi

In an unusually strong rebuke of the Senate, the kingdom said a resolution it drafted last week “contained blatant interferences” in its internal affairs and undermines its regional and international role.

Saudi has continually denied that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the planning of Mr Khashoggi’s death inside Istanbul’s Saudi consulate in October.

Donald Trump was dealt a fresh warning by the US Senate vote on Thursday for backing the Saudi regime, despite global uproar over Mr Khashoggi’s murder and the Yemen conflict.

Riyadh called it a “rogue” operation but the killing has severely tarnished its international reputation, with sanctions placed on nearly 20 Saudi nationals by Western countries including the US, France and Canada.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said on the same day Ottawa is looking into ways to cancel a sizeable 2014 weapons deal with Saudi.

He had earlier said it would be “extremely difficult” to withdraw from the Can$15bn (£8.9bn) contract, signed by the previous conservative administration, without Canadians paying “exorbitant penalties”

“The murder of a journalist is absolutely unacceptable and that’s why Canada from the very beginning had been demanding answers and solutions on that,” Mr Trudeau told CTV on Sunday.

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“We inherited actually a (Can)$15bn contract signed by (former prime minister) Stephen Harper to export light-armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.