French President Emmanuel Macron met with the Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.
According to representatives of the Elysée Palace, Macron sent the Saudi prince a "very firm" message about the October assassination of columnist Jamal Khashoggi of the Washington Post and the ongoing war in Yemen.
Macron According to the Reuters news agency, Europe will insist that international experts be involved in investigating the killing of Khashoggi.
A cryptic exchange between the two on Friday was caught on video and shared by the English-speaking Saudi newspaper.
The video reveals that Prince Mohammed, also known as MBS, tells the French leader not to worry, to which he replies, "I'm worried."
Macron then says to MBS: "They never listen to me," to which the prince replies, "I'll listen, of course."
The context of the exchange is not clear, but Western leaders, including Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to confront the Saudi prince over the killing of Khashoggi, who disappeared on October 2 at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul ,
Several states, including the United States and Canada, have already imposed sanctions on the Saudi agents involved. The killing, however, leaves strong suspicions about the role of the Saudi crown prince in death.
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Saudi Arabia rejects any suggestion that MBS was aware of the Khashoggi killing operation, but Turkey has repeatedly pointed to a high level of involvement by the Saudis shortly before the indictment of a high-ranking Saudi king.
The killing of Khashoggi has provoked outrage in the western states, and the governments, traditionally allied with Saudi Arabia, have to bribe the demands for a punishment against the kingdom with the danger of forming ties and possibly jeopardizing trade and military
] None of the leading politicians has exposed these risks as clearly as US President Donald Trump, who warned the US, risked the loss of billions if he took punitive action against Riyadh.
The G20 is the first visit by Prince Mohammed Western leaders since the killing of Khashoggi.
MbS: "Do not Worry"
Macron: "I'm worried, I'm worried …"
MbS: "He told me, thank you."
Macron: " I do not want to …
Macron: "You never listen to me."
MbS: "I'll listen, of course"
MbS: " It's alright, I can deal with it "
Macron:" I am a man of my word " pic.twitter.com/EZYDfKY4DG
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