Trump greets Saudi prince at G20 summit

Geraldine Edwards
December 2, 2018

Mattis said the meeting included exhaustive discussions and that lawmakers expressed frustration with United States support to Saudi Arabia.

Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman embraced each other like long lost brothers at the G20 summit today.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's presence at the summit of the Group of 20 powers in Buenos Aires demonstrated he was firmly in control, as he met with Western leaders and sealed an oil pact with Russian President Vladimir Putin. They confirmed and asserted their pride in the Crown Prince, who has overseen the Saudi Vision 2030 and led them in the march toward economic diversification and progress. During the king's annual address to the Shura Council on 19 November, the Khashoggi murder was not mentioned, but MBS's handling of the economy was praised.

Mr Macron responded: "I am worried.You never listen to me".

Asked to comment on reports the CIA concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved, Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 until April 2018, said he couldn't comment on the agency's assessment.

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The Saudi government has admitted that its officials were responsible for the murder of Khashoggi, who was a USA resident and a columnist for The Washington Post, but Saudi Arabia claims that the crown prince was not responsible.

However, the content of the messages between the two parties is unknown.

What does Saudi Arabia say?

"We've denounced and we've called for those responsible to be brought to justice", the Prime Minister said.

The 33-year-old was seen speaking with Trump, although the White House said they only exchanged "pleasantries".

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Macron also came face-to-face with the Saudi crown prince, and an official said the tense exchange captured on video shows the president's firm stance.

Only President Donald Trump has appeared willing to support the crown prince publicly and cast doubt on his responsibility for the murder.

Erdogan also demanded again on Saturday that Saudi Arabia extradite the suspects in the slaying, saying that a trial in the kingdom was not satisfactory.

Macron told the prince that Europeans wanted worldwide investigators to take part in the probe on Khashoggi's death and stressed "the necessity of a political solution in Yemen", the Elysee Palace said.

China "will continue to stick together with the Arab country on issues involving their core interests", Xinhua quoted Xi as telling the prince.

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