Trump greets Saudi prince at G20 summit

What did Macron & MBS say to each other? Camera catches pally chat at G20

What did Macron & MBS say to each other? Camera catches pally chat at G20

The killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, has strained Riyadh's relations with the West and battered bin Salman's image overseas.

In the audio, it is also possible to hear bin Salman saying "Don't worry" to Macron, to which French president responds, "I am anxious".

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

The Prime Minister's stony-faced meeting with Mohammed bin Salman was in stark contrast to the friendly "high five" he shared with Vladimir Putin.

As the world leaders walked past the Saudi crown prince, out popped Putin who greeted him enthusiastically at the opening of the summit in Buenos Aires.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attend the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 30, 2018.

The Saudi Gazette newspaper posted video of the meeting online showing the two speaking in hushed tones with their heads close together, Macron looking the crown prince in the eye and Prince Mohammad nodding his head and at times smiling.

At the end, Mr Macron is heard threateningly telling MBS: "I am a man of my word".

But, in an exclamation point-heavy statement before the summit, Trump said it did not matter whether Prince Mohammed knew about Khashoggi's death because Saudi Arabia was important for U.S. business and for its hostility to Iran. Saudi Arabia claims that the prince had no prior knowledge of the murder.

Macron's office said the meeting with MbS [was] justified because European nations wanted to send a united message about the need for probity in the investigation and were not going to sidestep an opportunity to reinforce that message during the G20.

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Mattis and Pompeo urged senators to support the USA involvement in the war in Yemen, including assistance to Saudi Arabia.

The prime minister's aides refused to say whether she would ask the crown prince if he was directly involved in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

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

The US president cancelled a formal sit-down with Mr Putin at the summit in Argentina over Moscow's seizure of Ukrainian vessels.

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

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The two will likely find common ground in that the Russian leader has also been put under increasing pressure from Western countries in recent days.

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