Putin warmly greets Saudi crown prince at G20 summit

02 December, 2018, 13:47 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Theresa May wants meeting with Saudi prince to call for 'transparent' probe into killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was warmly received and was seen later on enjoying the cultural event with heads of G20 and more than 1,000 elite personalities from Argentinian society.

The crown prince, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, quickly exited the stage without shaking hands or talking with other leaders.

"We have no intention to damage the Saudi royal family or the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but revealing the truth about the murder with all its aspects and putting all whose responsible on a trial would benefit the Saudi Arabia as well", he said.

Pompeo reiterated his insistence that there was no "direct evidence" that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (better known as MBS) ordered the killing of Khashoggi, who lived in the U.S. and wrote for The Washington Post.

Erdogan said the Saudis have refused to help Turkish prosecutors with information on the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body and the identities of accomplices said to have supported the visiting Saudi hit squad.

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey's insistence on finding the truth behind the recent killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was not aimed at damaging the Saudi royal family. "It remains an important relationship, and we're aiming to keep that relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

Trudeau stressed that he continues to believe "frank and direct" conversations with leaders matter, adding they are what Canadians expect him to do and what the world has come to expect of Canada.

Pompeo, who met in Buenos Aires with his Saudi counterpart, has backed the war as a way to counter Iran, which reportedly has ties to Yemen's Houthi rebels.

The US intelligence community also has intercepts of communications before Khashoggi was killed that show Mohammed had ordered an operation to lure him back to Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a vocal critic of Saudi leadership, was killed on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain marriage documents for his upcoming wedding.

Earlier this month, the United States imposed its own sanctions on Saudi officials for the same reason.

Friends of Khashoggi's have said that Qahtani called the journalist and raised the potential of his working for the crown prince if he would end his self-imposed exile in Virginia and return to his native country.

Trudeau said he also brought up the need for better answers on the killing of journalist Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the ongoing imprisonment of Raif Badawi, as well as the need for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian aid in Yemen.

Last week, in a rebuke of Saudi Arabia and the administration's handling of the Khashoggi case, a majority of the Senate voted to advance a measure to end United States military support to Saudi Arabia for its war in Yemen against Iranian-backed militants.

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