Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has talked with world leaders at a Group of 20 summit clouded by concerns about the gruesome killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and was seen greeting Russian President Vladimir Putin very enthusiastically.
Even U.S. President Donald Trump didn’t acknowledge the pair.
Trump chatted with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the leaders of Japan and France during the group photo session at the G20 summit. In fact, Trump even cancelled a formal sit-down with Putin over Moscow’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels.
Trump also is 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 inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
Journalists saw the crown prince speaking with French President Emmanuel Macron and others at the summit venue Friday in Buenos Aires, though Macron’s office wouldn’t comment on what was discussed.
EU leaders urged G-20 participants to address concerns about journalist safety and the Saudi-backed war in Yemen.
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded the crown prince ordered Khashoggi’s killing. Saudi Arabia has denied that.
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