Saudi Arabia ignores U.S. calls to mend ties with Qatar despite signs that pressure to end another regional crisis.

Saudi Arabia ignores U.S. calls to mend ties with Qatar despite signs that pressure to end another regional crisis.

  Khashoggi’s  killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 caused a global outcry,it also  exposed Saudi Arabia to the possibility of sanctions and damaged the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

 Washington believes it has more influence over Riyadh as its ally tries to repair the damage to the kingdom’s standing, and wants to use this leverage to end the Yemen war and rebuild Gulf unity against Iran, four sources familiar with the matter said.

 On one front, there is movement. In an apparent response to U.S. and British pressure for a ceasefire in Yemen by the end of this month, the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-aligned Houthi rebels halted an offensive on the main port city of Hodeidah on Thursday.

 Maintaining pressure on Riyadh, Washington imposed sanctions on 17 Saudi officials for their role in Khashoggi’s killing later on Thursday, and U.S. senators introduced draft legislation which, if it became law, would suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the journalist’s death and the Yemen war.

 Saudi authorities did not respond to requests for comment. A U.S. State Department spokeswoman said Washington had been calling for a resolution throughout the Qatar and Yemen crises.

 “We continue to engage on both of these issues with our partners in the region, including Saudi Arabia,” the spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said. 

“Gulf unity is essential to our common interests of confronting Iran’s malign influence, countering terrorism, and ensuring a prosperous future for all of our Gulf partners.”

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