Killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul has been a test for many countries, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at a press conference at the G20 summit Saturday. According to United States news reports, the Central Intelligence Agency had assessed with a high degree of confidence that the operation to kill Khashoggi was directed by MBS. However, the assessment stated that there is no direct reporting of the crown prince actually issuing a kill order, Wall Street Journal said.
The White House said President Trump "exchanged pleasantries" Friday with the crown prince, the de facto leader of the oil-rich kingdom, and there were reports the prince has had private conversations and exchanges with French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, among others.
In a video of the encounter, Macron stands close to the crown prince, who appears acquiescent, and the French president speaks with his hands while the crown prince nods.
"Putin and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman just greeted each other at G-20Summit like two frat boys", a user commented.
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.
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It is thought the prince's other notable meeting in Argentina will be with Russia's President Putin . You never listen to me". "We might, but we had none", Trump told reporters following the exchange.
Meanwhile, bin Salman talked with world leaders as accusations swirled about the gruesome killing of Khashoggi, who was tortured before he died.
After repeated denials of any knowledge about Khashoggi's disappearance, Saudi Arabia finally admitted the 59-year-old had been murdered at the mission in a "rogue" operation.
In related news, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia had agreed to renew a pact on oil production cuts, amid slumping crude prices on global markets. President Trump and this administration sanctioned 17 people that we came to learn were connected to the murder - heinous murder - of Jamal Khashoggi.
Speaking from a Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires, Pompeo acknowledged that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen - where millions are at risk of starvation - had reached "epic proportions" but said Washington and Riyadh were offering aid.