Putin and Saudi Crown Prince 'high five' at G20 photo op

Vladimir Putin and the Saudi crown prince greet each other like old friends

US President Donald Trump "exchanged pleasantries" with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 summit, a White House official says.

The de facto Saudi leader denies having prior knowledge of Khashoggi's killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

The prime minister had told reporters on the flight to Buenos Aires that she would speak to the crown prince about Mr Khashoggi's death and the situation in Yemen.

Though the leaders spoke, Trudeau did not hold official meetings with either Putin or bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia has long sought to diversify away from its reliance on the USA and has increasingly stepped up its engagement with China, its largest trading partner with US$42.36 billion in bilateral trade in 2017.

Saudi Arabia, the biggest global oil exporter, has been surpassed by Russian Federation as top crude supplier to China in the past two years.

"They exchanged pleasantries at the leaders' session as he did with almost every leader in attendance", a senior White House official said. Riyadh has long sought to distance the crown prince from the incident, despite increasing evidence directly linking him to it.

The Crown Prince has already met with several leaders of the participating countries.

Sickening ‘waterboarding’ of Syrian refugee schoolboy sparks outrage
The 16-year-old claimed he had not been bullying his classmate before the incident and was previously on "good terms" with him. His father, who can not be named for legal reasons, told the BBC the attack had left his son "very exhausted psychologically".

China and Saudi Arabia have close energy ties.

Saudi Arabia initially said Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate before shifting its account of what happened amid Turkish intelligence leaks. President Trump and this administration sanctioned 17 people that we came to learn were connected to the murder - heinous murder - of Jamal Khashoggi.

The timing of the WSJ article is particulalry hard for MBS, who is now attending a G20 summit in Argentina with other world leaders.

Members of Argentina's National Gendarmerie march outside a secured area in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday urged British Prime Minster Theresa May to ensure stability as Britain leaves the European Union and asked her to do what she could to avoid a "no deal" Brexit.

Canadian officials have been openly critical of the actions of both Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, and put face to face with their leaders, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn't back away.

"He adds: "However, out of respect for the Bush Family and former President George H.W. Bush we will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference".

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.

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