After G20 Photo, Saudi Prince Left Stage Quickly, Didn't Greet Leaders

01 December, 2018, 04:32 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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From the signing of a new North American trade agreement to a very chummy meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the eyes of the world are on Buenos Aires, Argentina.

World leaders have condemned the incident, with Canada, France and Germany imposing sanctions on Saudi Arabia and UK Prime Minister Theresa May vowing to question the Crown Prince about it at the G20.

In the video, the French President can clearly be heard saying "I am worried" after the Crown Prince tells him not to be concerned. For the prince, it's about the killing of a dissident Saudi journalist in the country's Istanbul consulate. Trump cited Putin's recent provocations against Ukraine, although the optics of him meeting the Russian leader at a time of renewed focus on his business dealings with Moscow were potentially not great.

They also discussed the investment opportunities in the infrastructure through the Public Investment Fund and replacing Saudi Arabia's agricultural imports from other countries with Indian agricultural products.

Mr. Trump for his part has so far kept his distance from both Putin and the crown prince at the G-20.

Instead the US president appeared to barely acknowledge MBS, as he's known, before taking his place for the photo between French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


European Union leaders urged G-20 participants to address concerns about journalist safety and the Saudi-backed war in Yemen.

However, French President Emmanuel Macron took a cooler, more confrontational stance when he came face-to-face with the Saudi crown prince.

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

Prince Mohammed also met Chinese president Xi Jinping on the summit sidelines, the Saudi Press Agency said on Twitter.

It is thought the prince's other notable meeting in Argentina will be with Russia's President Putin.

Before the G20 formally started, Mr Trump joined the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to sign the deal that will replace NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement).

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