After G20 Photo, Saudi Prince Left Stage Quickly, Didn't Greet Leaders

01 December, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Carlos George
  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin US President Donald Trump Rwandas President Paul Kagame Brazil's President Michel Temer and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman line up for a family

World leaders welcomed Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday at the G20 summit, showing he was no pariah less than two months after the kingdom killed a dissident journalist.

The Saudi prince's decision to attend the G20 summit in Buenos Aires represented a calculated risk, as it was unclear whether leaders would condemn him.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist working for The Washington Post, was killed shortly after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

France also imposed sanctions, including travel bans, on 18 Saudi citizens linked to the murder.

The G20 summit in Buenos Aires will be the first major worldwide event Prince Mohammed has attended since Mr Khashoggi's murder.

U.S. President Donald Trump has made it clear that he doesn't want to jeopardize the longstanding relationship between Washington and Riyadh.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded the crown prince ordered Khashoggi's killing.

A cryptic exchange between the pair on Friday was caught on video and shared by the English-language Saudi Gazette.

Later in the one-minute clip Mr Macron says: "You never listen to me" and the Crown Prince replies: "I will listen, of course".

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It says Mr Macron told MBS that Europeans wanted global investigators to take part in the probe on Mr Khashoggi's death and stressed "the necessity of a political solution in Yemen".

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British Prime Minister Theresa May also said she "intends" to speak with the crown prince.

At one point, President Trump can be seen walking behind the two leaders, paying them no attention.

They also discussed the investment opportunities in the infrastructure through the Public Investment Fund and replacing Saudi Arabia's agricultural imports from other countries with Indian agricultural products.

The US president cancelled a formal sit-down with Mr Putin at the summit in Argentina over Moscow's seizure of Ukrainian vessels.

A white house source commented on the exchange of greetings between the two leaders as saying: "as he (Trump) did with almost every leader in attendance".

Mr. Trump for his part has so far kept his distance from both Putin and the crown prince at the G-20.

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