Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

'You never listen to me': Macron meets MBS on G20 sidelines

'You never listen to me': Macron meets MBS on G20 sidelines

But their initial meeting was overshadowed by the warm embrace between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, who high-fived each other at the beginning of the forum.

The prime minister told Sky News she would be "robust" with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a face-to-face meeting on the fringes of a G20 summit in Argentina.

In footage of the conversation, Bin Salman is heard telling Macron not to be anxious about the killing of Khashoggi, who died within the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month. At G20, the Prince seemed to be isolated from the rest of the worldwide community until Putin stepped in with a show of support.

President Donald Trump is one of the few US officials who refuses to criticize the Saudi crown prince and the Russian president for violating human rights.

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Mrs May is said to have told the Crown Prince to take action to prevent future incidents like the murder of Mr Khashoggi from happening.

Later in the one-minute clip Macron says: "You never listen to me" and the crown prince replies: "I will listen, of course".

Saudi-owned broadcaster Al Arabiya posted video on Twitter showing a cordial handshake between bin Salman and Chinese President Xi Jinping as the two held a bilateral meeting.

At the end, Mr Macron is heard threateningly telling MBS: "I am a man of my word". REUTERS/Sergio MoraesHuman Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth wrote that the two "seem greatly relieved to find someone who won't mention their conduct overseas".

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However some world leaders seemed very glad to see MBS, not least Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The US president cancelled a formal sit-down with Mr Putin at the summit in Argentina over Moscow's seizure of Ukrainian vessels. According to the White House they only "exchanged pleasantries", and the President said they had "no discussion".

Both Putin and the Crown Prince have been accused of having journalists killed, and both leaders have made negative headlines in the United States recently.

Trump chatted with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the leaders of Japan and France during the group photo session at the G-20 summit.

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