Macron Heard Telling Saudi Prince: 'You Never Listen to Me'
- Author: Tracy Klein Dec 02, 2018,
Dec 02, 2018, 7:01
French President Emmanuel Macron has told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that Europe will insist on global experts being part of the investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Asked to comment on reports the CIA concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved, Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 until April 2018, said he couldn't comment on the agency's assessment.
Saudi Arabia has said that 21 people are in custody and vowed to keep probing the killing of Khashoggi, who was killed and dismembered after visiting the kingdom's Istanbul consulate to handle paperwork for his planned wedding.
Mr. Faurie, whose ministry had earlier tried to shield the prince from a criminal complaint by invoking his "special immunity", said the encounter with Mr. Macri was motivated by the nations' close commercial ties.
French President Emmanuel Macron chatted privately Friday with Saudi Arabia's controversial crown prince on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, but some intriguing snippets were caught by microphones. That meeting was set to take place late Friday.
The Saudi strongman and his Russian counterpart - who've each been accused of having political enemies assassinated - clasped hands, with Salman repeatedly patting Putin's right hand with his left as they exchanged greetings and yucked it up.
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 incident has caused countries to re-examine their relationship with Saudi Arabia, and USA lawmakers are reconsidering whether Washington should support the Saudi war against Yemen. World leaders who meet with the Crown Prince should raise these serious allegations.
Trump has had no discussion yet with the crown prince but would not rule one out.
Only President Donald Trump has appeared willing to support the crown prince publicly and cast doubt on his responsibility for the murder.
Members of Argentina's National Gendarmerie march outside a secured area in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Trump said there were "good signs" for a potential trade deal with Beijing ahead of a Saturday dinner meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi.
But he criticised Prince Mohammed, saying that during the summit the Saudi heir apparent gave an "unbelievable explanation" on Khashoggi's killing.
Saudi senior royals have not demonstrated an ability to reduce the influence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS); King Salman has continued backing his son.