Saudi bin Salman sidelined in G20 family photo

01 December, 2018, 06:25 | Author: Rachel Logan
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Trump has since voiced sadness over the killing of Khashoggi, who lived in the United States and wrote for The Washington Post.

During the five-minute exchange, Salman is heard urging Macron not to worry, to which the French president promptly replied, "I am anxious".

Both leaders are under fire on the global stage, with Salman accused of ordering the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at an embassy in Turkey.

How are leaders greeting the Saudi Crown Prince?

Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov reportedly greeted news of the cancellation by saying that while it was regrettable, it left the Russian president with a couple of extra hours to meet other leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

The French presidency said that Macron spoke to the prince about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi Arabian-led offensive in Yemen, where millions are on the brink of starvation.

(From L to R) China's President Xi Jinping, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, Brazil's President Michel Temer and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman line up for a family photo during the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on November 30, 2018.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister's office confirmed Theresa May and MBS had spoken on the sidelines of the G20 summit this evening. 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".

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The Saudi Gazette newspaper posted a video of the meeting online showing the two speaking in hushed tones with their heads close together.

At the end Macron can be heard saying: "I am a man of my word".

Proposed US congressional legislation on Yemen, even if passed, is unlikely to impact on Saudi Arabia's ability to pursue the war in Yemen due to available Egyptian, Emerati, and Israeli support.

After repeated denials of any knowledge about Khashoggi's disappearance, Saudi Arabia finally admitted the 59-year-old had been murdered at the mission in a "rogue" operation.

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

The US president cancelled a formal sit-down with Mr Putin at the summit in Argentina over Moscow's seizure of Ukrainian vessels.

The two will likely find common ground in that the Russian leader has also been put under increasing pressure from Western countries in recent days.

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