Emmanuel Macron Complains to Saudi Crown Prince: 'You Never Listen to Me'

Hannah Rogers
December 2, 2018

The crown prince then tells Macron that "we will meet you".

On Wednesday Mattis said there's "no smoking gun" connecting the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to the Saudi crown prince he had often criticised.

The clip was partially inaudible and the context of the exchange was not entirely clear.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that Saudi Arabia extradite the suspects in writer Jamal Khashoggi's murder.

Macron responded: 'I am anxious...

Meanwhile, there are tense relations between United States of America and Russian Federation at the moment due to incidents which transpired in the Kerch Strait, which led to Trump cancelling his planned meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the ongoing G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There were also warm handshakes for the crown prince from President Trump and his daughter Ivanka on the first day of a summit where some had hoped he would be treated as a pariah.

It continues to insist it was a "rogue operation" carried out without the knowledge of the crown prince. "We might, but we had none".

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Now the word "fight" evokes fist fights, verbal diarrhoea and racial and religious taunts. "Boys and girls want to win". Not to a captain, a coach or those passing through.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is the second senior member of the Trump administation who has now said he does not want to listen to the Khashoggi tapes because they are in Arabic.

Until Khashoggi's killing, Trump had been an unabashed fan of the prince as the young leader who portrays himself as a reformist consolidated power and detained prominent Saudis, with the heir apparent forging a particularly close relationship with Ivanka's husband Jared Kushner.

Asked to comment on reports the CIA concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved, Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 until April 2018, said he couldn't comment on the agency's assessment.

MBS will arrive in Algiers on Sunday, Algerian state media said, for a visit that has been roundly criticised in light of Khashoggi's slaying, AFP reported.

Although the White House had urged a "no" vote, American senators voted 63-37 to consider ending Washington's support for the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen.

Macron also came face-to-face with the Saudi crown prince, and an official said the tense exchange captured on video shows the president's firm stance.

"To ensure full accountability, there needed to be full transparency about exactly what had happened and who was responsible, in line with the commitments made by King Salman when she spoke to him on October 24", the statement continued. The second session, which was opened by Al-Jadaan who was the keynote speaker at the session, focussed on financial progress in the group's works, ways to make its role effective by building on what is has achieved, mechanisms to reach consensus on controversial financial and economic issues, and streamlining the G20 agenda.

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