Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Saudi Crown Prince sidelined in G20 family photo

Saudi Crown Prince sidelined in G20 family photo

Theresa May has confronted the Saudi crown prince over Jamal Khashoggi's murder, telling him he must take action to ensure "such a deplorable incident" does not happen again.

Mohammed bin Salman stood at the far edge of the G20 group portrait.

Leaders during the G-20 Leaders' Summit family photo on November 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires. In a statement to Russian news outlet TASS, Kremlin official Yuri Ushakov said of the meeting: "The political dialogue [between Russia and Saudi Arabia] is regular and substantive".

Macron told reporters before meeting the prince that he will "no doubt" mention the death of Khashoggi, a US-based contributor to The Washington Post who was killed when he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Turkey says the Crown Prince has requested a meeting with Mr Erdogan at the summit, but others are raising this issue with MBS directly too.

Weapons supplied by the United Kingdom to the Saudis have been used in the fighting.

World leaders including a beaming Vladimir Putin greeted Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday at the G20 summit, his first encounter with Western leaders since the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

French President Emmanuel Macron was also filmed speaking to the prince on the sidelines of the summit.

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

In a video shared to Twitter via the Saudi Gazette, an irritated Macron is seen grumbling to the Crown Prince: "You never listen to me".

The subject of their conversation was unclear however.

Trump is one of the only US officials who has refused to criticize the Saudi crown prince and the Russian president for violating human rights and attacking their neighbors.

A senior White House official said the two exchanged pleasantries.

Putin is under fire, at least most recently, for the Russian seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors.

Russian forces seized the vessels and their crew and Moscow's refusal to return them was the ostensible reason Donald Trump offered for his decision to cancel a lengthy bilateral meeting with Putin that had been planned for Friday morning.

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