Saudi Crown Prince sidelined in G20 family photo

Saudi Crown Prince sidelined in G20 family photo

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman greeted each other like old friends at the G20 summit in Argentina on Friday as other world leaders have distanced themselves from the Saudi leader following the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor has said MbS knew nothing of the operation to kill Khashoggi.

Khashoggi disappeared after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

The prime minister told Sky News she would be "robust" with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a face-to-face meeting on the fringes of a G20 summit in Argentina.

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Watch above, via the Saudi Gazette.

"No, I will listen, of course", bin Salman replies, prior to bursting into laughter.

"I am a man of my word", Macron adds. On Wednesday, Senators voted to move forward a bill that would put an end to USA support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which has caused a humanitarian disaster.

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The embrace came amid reports that Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia have reached a pact to cut oil production when the OPEC cartel meets on December 6 in Vienna, to help shore up collapsing crude prices.

The Crown Prince told Modi he would soon be finalizing an initial investment in India's National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, a quasi-sovereign wealth fund, to help accelerate the building of ports, highways and other projects.

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

However, the US Senate is less enthusiastic about Saudi relations, voting this week to end support for the Saudi coalition in the war in Yemen.


Russian media are now reporting that the two will have a brief and impromptu meeting on the sidelines of the summit, contrary to Mr Trump's earlier position that he didn't want to meet because of Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian navy vessels last week.

However, Russia has suggested U.S. domestic politics may have been the real reason behind the cancellation. According to the White House they only "exchanged pleasantries", and the President said they had "no discussion".


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