Macron tells Saudi prince worldwide experts needed in Khashoggi probes

Marsha Scott
December 2, 2018

Prince Mohammed had sent the electronic messages to Saud al-Qahtani, who supervised the 15-man team that killed Khashoggi and was in direct communication with the team's leader in Istanbul, the Journal said, citing the Central Intelligence Agency report.

Mattis said the meeting included exhaustive discussions and that lawmakers expressed frustration with U.S. support to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 28 November to attend the annual G20 summit.

In an image that quickly went viral online, Russian President Putin and the 33-year-old prince grinned broadly and gave each other an effusive handshake as if they were long-lost friends reunited at the G20.

The UK imports from Saudi Arabia amounted to some £3 billion with crude oil making up about half of the total.

In the audio, it is also possible to hear bin Salman saying "Don't worry" to Macron, to which French president responds, "I am anxious".

Meanwhile, bin Salman talked with world leaders as accusations swirled about the gruesome killing of Khashoggi, who was tortured before he died.

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"I guess I should ask you why you think I should, what you think I'll learn from it", he responded to a journalist.

The crown prince also met briefly with US President Donald Trump on Friday.

G20 leaders were due to discuss climate change at the morning session of their summit on Saturday and negotiations on a draft communique were expected to last until the final minute, a spokesperson for the Argentine G20 sherpa said. The summit and greeting also comes as a Russian-born businessman said a penthouse for Putin was under consideration at the proposed Trump Tower in Moscow.

The Saudi government has given contradictory explanations for the death and denied that Prince Mohammed knew of it.

France was among a number of European nations who expressed concern about Khashoggi's killing.

The assessment also notes that the prince told associates in August 2017 that "we could possibly lure [Khashoggi] outside Saudi Arabia and make arrangements", if the dissident journalist living in the United States could not be persuaded to return to the kingdom, The Hill website reported.

"China firmly supports Saudi Arabia in its push for economic diversification and social reforms, and provides mutual support on issues involving their core interests", he continued.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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