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Jamal Khashoggi: Missing journalist case proves that when Saudi Arabia’s credibility is damaged so is America’s

17 Oct

The Khashoggi affair has weakened President Trump’s campaign to impose stringent economic sanctions on Iran aimed at reducing its influence or forcing regime change. Saudi Arabia is America’s main ally in the Arab world so when its credibility is damaged so is that of the US.

On 5 November the US will impose tough restrictions on Iranian oil exports which have already been cut by more than half since Mr Trump announced the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement.

Other signatories, who disagree with him, are seeking to keep the nuclear deal afloat, but the threat of secondary sanctions on oil companies, banks and commercial companies for doing business with Iran is too great a risk for them to resist.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/jamal-khashoggi-saudi-arabia-iran-donald-trump-sanctions-a8587126.html

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