Macron tells Saudi prince global experts needed in Khashoggi investigation

Hugh Fox
December 1, 2018

Khashoggi's killing has sparked widespread outrage but Western powers have pledged to maintain close relations with Saudi Arabia, a top oil producer and buyer of USA weapons.

It's possible to make out Prince Mohammed saying "Don't worry", to which the French President responds "I am worried".

On Wednesday Mattis said there's "no smoking gun" connecting the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to the Saudi crown prince he had often criticised.

In contrast, Mr Putin and the crown prince shared a smiley, enthusiastic greeting at the gathering.

The content of the gruesome tape - a key piece of evidence in the murder allegedly ordered by U.S. ally Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - was distributed by Turkey after Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

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Mr Trump is also not meeting privately in Buenos Aires with the crown prince, who is trying to rebuild his image after the killing of Washington Post columnist and royal family critic Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

French officials added Mr Macron spoke to the Crown Prince about the ongoing war in Yemen where millions of people are facing starvation amid one of the worst famines the world has ever seen.

Bolton's reluctance to hear the recording mirrored President Donald Trump's position that there is no need for him to listen.

Earlier on Friday, Prince Mohammed met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and told him about plans to scale up investments in India's tech, farm and energy sectors, an Indian official and the Saudi news agency (SPA) said on Friday.

On the sidelines of the summit French President Emmanuel Macron told the crown prince that Europe would insist on worldwide experts being part of the investigation into Khashoggi's murder.

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

'She encouraged Crown Prince to ensure Saudi Arabia co-operated fully with Turkish authorities and worked to bring both investigations to an acceptable close.

G20 powers opened two days of summit talks, after a stormy buildup dominated by tensions with Russian Federation and US President Donald Trump's combative stance on trade and climate fears.

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

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