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G20 Summit: May 'encourages' Saudi Arabia to co-operate in murder investigation

01 December 2018

G20 leaders had earlier largely blanked the crown prince as they gathered for the "family photo" - apart from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who greeted the prince enthusiastically with a high-five and smiles.

MBS and Putin could be seen smiling broadly as they spoke together:Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the opening of the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 30, 2018.

All eyes were on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Group of 20 summit on Friday as he made his first major overseas appearance since the killing of a dissident journalist in his country's consulate in Istanbul.

France also imposed sanctions, including travel bans, on 18 Saudi citizens linked to the murder.

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It's unclear what the two were discussing in the clip.

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

Several states, including the U.S. and Canada, have already issued sanctions against the Saudi agents involved in the killing but strong suspicions remain over the Saudi crown prince's role in the death.

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Mrs May is said to have told the Crown Prince to take action to prevent future incidents like the murder of Mr Khashoggi from happening.

Highlights include Macron's faux-exasperated "You never listen" ("I will listen, of course" allegedly replies a slightly sheepish MbS) and the crown prince vowing that he is a "man of his word".

Some have noticed Trump seems to be keeping his distance from the two leaders so far, but he will reportedly have a impromptu meeting with Putin at some point before the summit is finished.

The White House said Friday that Trump had "exchanged pleasantries at the leaders' session" with the Saudi Crown Prince "as he did with almost every leader in attendance".

Mr Trump cancelled his meeting with Mr Putin and G7 foreign ministers put out a strong statement expressing their "utmost concern".

The German Chancellor's summit schedule was disrupted after a technical fault meant she had to change planes en route, delaying her arrival.

Later the Russian News Agency RIA quoted Mr Peskov saying the pair would have a brief impromptu meeting, just as Mr Putin will with other leaders.

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G20 Summit: May 'encourages' Saudi Arabia to co-operate in murder investigation