The G20 Summit: Key meetings and moments

01 December, 2018, 01:18 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Saudi Crown Prince receives 'firm message' on Khashoggi probe at G20 summit

Human Rights Watch has claimed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has moved from a luxury hotel to the nation's embassy in Buenos Aires as Argentine prosecutors had begun a probe into what they described as "Saudi war crimes" in Yemen and alleged human rights abuses, including the recent murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Journalists saw the crown prince speaking with French President Emmanuel Macron and others at the summit venue Friday in Buenos Aires, though Macron's office wouldn't comment on what was discussed.

France also imposed sanctions, including travel bans, on 18 Saudi citizens linked to the murder. With the latter conflict ongoing for more than three years, one wonders if in the past Macron hasn't been firm enough, or maybe the Saudi prince isn't quite as honorable as he claims.

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

During the course of the day, President Trump "exchanged pleasantries" with Salman, telling reporters that while they didn't talk about hot-button issues concerning the US and Saudi Arabia, it was possible the pair would do so as the summit rolled on.

"I do worry", Macron replies.

Britain has come under pressure to cease arms sales to Saudi Arabia because of the high death toll in air raids by the Western-backed Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

But a few minutes later, Vladimir Putin greeted the Saudi prince warmly, giving him an enthusiastic high five as they sat down together at the large ring-shaped table for the first group session.

At the end, Mr Macron is heard threateningly telling MBS: "I am a man of my word". Trump received a great deal of backlash for his response to Khashoggi's brutal murder after refusing to condemn the Crown Prince's involvement.

However, Russia has suggested U.S. domestic politics may have been the real reason behind the cancellation.

Later the Russian News Agency RIA quoted Mr Peskov saying the pair would have a brief impromptu meeting, just as Mr Putin will with other leaders.

Ms Merkel said she would address the Russia/Ukraine stand-off during their discussions, a crisis she has blamed "entirely" on Russia.

"It only wasn't set up", the president told reporters Thursday.

However, this was a ceremonial signing.



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