Saudi prince gets chummy, stern receptions at G-20 summit

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Saudi Arabia denies that bin Salman ordered the killing, but USA intelligence agencies have concluded the opposite.

The conversation between Macron and MBS took place in Buenos Aires as world leaders arrived in the Argentinian capital for the G20 summit.

The Elysee official said it was the first time Mr Macron and the Crown Prince, known as MbS, had spoken since Khashoggi's murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Or shunned after USA intelligence agencies concluded he ordered the grisly slaying of Jamal Khashoggi, which his country denies?

'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, ' May's office said in a readout of a meeting with Prince Mohammed.

The two politicians, seen in the above GIF, exchanged the hand gesture after Putin noticed the Saudi prince sitting alone. At G20, the Prince seemed to be isolated from the rest of the global community until Putin stepped in with a show of support.

Putin's warships rammed, fired on, then seized three Ukrainian boats in the Kerch Strait in a serious escalation of tensions around Crimea, leading the G20 to issue a joint condemnatory statement today.

The prime minister had told reporters on the flight to Buenos Aires that she would speak to the crown prince about Mr Khashoggi's death and the situation in Yemen.

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After press reports that the Central Intelligence Agency was pointing the finger directly at Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Trump issued a statement saying that US-Saudi relations and oil market stability were too important to rock over the scandal. But it received wide traction on social media, with Macron telling the prince, "You never listen to me", to which Prince Mohammed replies, "I will listen, of course".

During the five-minute exchange, Salman is heard urging Macron not to worry, to which the French president promptly replied, "I am anxious". But with the agency not publicly stating so, Trump has attempted to deflect blame away from the crown prince.

Both officials spoke on condition they not be named in line with standard French government policy.

US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are scheduled to have dinner together on Saturday.

Trump, meanwhile, said "we had no discussion. We might, but we had none".

"They exchanged pleasantries at the leaders' session as he did with almost every leader in attendance", the White House official said on Friday.

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