MBS and Vladimir Putin are all smiles at G20 summit

02 December, 2018, 12:02 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Theresa May wants meeting with Saudi prince to call for 'transparent' probe into killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Mohammed bin Salman and Vladimir Putin were photographed shaking hands before a formal sit-down meeting at the G20 Summit, just a day after the pair were seen greeting each other with a high five.

The Elysee said it was the first time that Macron and the crown prince, known as MbS, had spoken since Khashoggi's murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2.

French President Emmanuel Macron found Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman at the beginning of the G20 summit in Argentina and engaged in what appeared to be an intense conversation. REUTERS/Sergio MoraesHuman Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth wrote that the two "seem greatly relieved to find someone who won't mention their conduct overseas".

The Saudi press agency reported early on Saturday that the crown prince and Xi had discussed the partnership between the two countries and ways to harmonise Saudi Arabia's 2030 vision - a plan to diversify the economy away from oil - with China's Belt and Road Initiative.

The CIA concluded last month that Prince Mohammed ordered the killing, a connection President Donald Trump has sought to cast doubt on.

Wherever Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, arrives here cameramen have been vying to take his pictures.

It is thought the prince's other notable meeting in Argentina will be with Russia's President Putin.

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Macron's demand came shortly before Theresa May held face-to-face talks with the crown prince in which she promised to send a "robust" message about the murder, as well as the war in Yemen.

Jamal Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

The crown prince then tells Macron that "we will meet you".

Erdogan said the Saudis have refused to help Turkish prosecutors who sought information including the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body and the identities of accomplices said to have supported the visiting Saudi hit squad.

"In this regard the United States has a certain responsibility".

The Senate rebuked Trump last week when it advanced a bill that would end U.S. support for Saudi efforts in Yemen's civil war, a bill the Trump administration had opposed.

The prime minister said he also spoke to Prince Salman about the Canadian-Saudi diplomatic spat sparked by Canada's criticism in August of the conservative kingdom's imprisonment of human rights activists.

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