Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

France’s Macron caught in tense exchange with Saudi prince over Khashoggi killing

France’s Macron caught in tense exchange with Saudi prince over Khashoggi killing

Saudi Arabia has long sought to diversify away from its reliance on the U.S. and has increasingly stepped up its engagement with China, its largest trading partner with US$42.36 billion in bilateral trade in 2017.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, however, separately met with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, the State Department said.

The crown prince's father, King Salman, has publicly backed MBS over recent weeks, and the royal family appears to have publicly accepted that MBS and his succession can not be challenged without seriously disrupting the internal stability of the family and, by extension, the state.

Prince Mohammed is today at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires as the controversy over Khashoggi's killing continues to dominate the West's relations with Saudi Arabia.

A senior White House official said the two exchanged pleasantries.

A Downing Street statement said: "The Prime Minister stressed the importance of ensuring that those responsible for the appalling murder of Jamal Khashoggi are held to account, and that Saudi Arabia takes action to build confidence that such a deplorable incident could not happen again".

The prince was also seen chatting with President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka, although in a nod to USA domestic outrage over Saudi Arabia, the White House downplayed the encounter.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and bin Salman shared a chummy, enthusiastic greeting, beaming widely and clasping hands in something of a cross between a handshake and a high-five.

Police, coast guard and border patrol officers roped off a 12-square-kilometer (5-square-mile) area near the Buenos Aires convention center, where the summit is taking place.

Bolton's reluctance to hear the recording mirrored President Donald Trump's position that there is no need for him to listen.

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie arrive at Ministro Pistarini International Airport.

Khashoggi, an opinion writer for the Washington Post who was at one time a Saudi royal insider before becoming a critic of the leadership, was killed by lethal injection and dismembered by a group of Saudi men sent from the kingdom.

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

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