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G20 summit: Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman ignores Jamal Khashoggi kiling

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Mohammed
bin Salman deplanes in Buenos Aires on November 28, 2018 before
attending the G20 summit.

G20
Argentina via AP


  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is in Argentina
    for the G20 summit, alongside many other world
    leaders.
  • Despite worldwide outrage after the brutal killing of
    Jamal Khashoggi, the crown prince appears to still have an
    audience with many prominent world leaders.
  • Many countries have halted arms sales or imposed
    sanctions on the kingdom. But Saudi Arabia has deep business
    ties that many other world powers have found hard to
    break.

Business appears to be as normal for Saudi Arabia’s crown prince,
who is attending the G20 summit in Argentina despite global furor
over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Buenos Aires on
Wednesday in preparation for the summit on Friday and Saturday.

The summit comes less than two months after Khashoggi’s killing
in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Riyadh has long sought to
distance the crown prince from the incident, despite
increasing evidence
directly linking him to it.

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jamal khashoggi
In
this Jan. 29, 2011, file photo, Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal
Khashoggi speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in
Davos, Switzerland.

Associated
Press/Virginia Mayo


In Argentina, the crown prince has already met with Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. He plans to meet British
Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, and
Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump said he would have met Crown Prince Mohammed but was

too busy
.

“I would have met with him but we didn’t set that one up,” he
said,
according to The New York Times
.

Crown Prince Mohammed also toured Saudi Arabia, the United Arab
Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, and Tunisia before arriving in
Argentina this week.

It suggests that despite global outrage over Khashoggi’s killing,
multiple countries aren’t ready to freeze him out yet.


mohammed bin salman
Saudi
Arabia Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the G20
opening ceremony at the Hangzhou International Expo Center on
September 4, 2016 in Hangzhou, China. World leaders are gathering
for the 11th G20 Summit from September 4-5.

Nicolas Asfouri – Pool/Getty Images

Only King Mohammed of Morocco has declined a meeting with the
crown prince at the G20 summit, The Times of London
reported
.

Turkey’s foreign minister
said on Tuesday
 that Crown Prince Mohammed requested to
meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the kingdom’s most
staunch critic in Khashoggi’s death.

“Erdogan’s answer was, ‘Let’s see,'” Foreign Minister Mevlut
Cavusoglu said.

Prosecutors in Argentina are also considering whether to move
forward with a case, brought forward by Human Rights Watch, on
whether to charge Crown Prince Mohammed with committing war
crimes in Yemen and torturing Saudi citizens. But The Guardian

reported
 that he was unlikely to face charges
before leaving the country.


yemen children starvingHani
Mohammed/AP

Not everyone has changed their mind on Saudi Arabia

The US Senate on Wednesday voted to advance a resolution that
would end support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The same
resolution failed in March, revealing
how quickly feelings shifted on the US-Saudi relationship
in
Congress.

Several European nations — including Germany, Finland, and
Denmark — also recently announced they would halt arms sales to
the Saudis. Germany and Denmark cited Khashoggi’s killing, while
Finland cited the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, to justify their
decisions.

The US Treasury Department, France, and Germany have also

imposed sanctions
on Saudi citizens, including the crown
prince’s associates, over Khashoggi’s killing.


Read more:

Analysis: Saudi Arabia needs the US a lot more than the US needs
the kingdom

But many other world leaders appear not to have changed their
mind.


Donald Trump Mohammed bin Salman
President
Donald Trump (R) holds up a chart of military hardware sales as
he meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office at the White House on March 20,
2018 in Washington, D.C.

Kevin
Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images


Saudi Arabia has lucrative deals around the world, particularly
in the tech and military sectors.

India’s Modi discussed with the crown prince “enhancing Saudi
investment in technology, infrastructure, petroleum, renewable
energy, food security, fintech & defence sectors,” Indian
ministry of external affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

While May and Macron both said they would bring up Khashoggi’s
killing with the crown prince, both countries are still selling
arms to Saudi Arabia.

May also said she would confront Crown Prince Mohammed over the
bloody civil war in Yemen, which a Saudi-led coalition has waged
since 2015.

It’s not clear what she will discuss with him, given Britain —
alongside the US — has been Riyadh’s main supporters in the
Yemeni war, having provided the kingdom with billions of dollars
of arms, intelligence, and training over the years.

Aid group Save the Children estimated this month that
about 85,000 Yemeni children under 5 may have died of hunger and
disease since the outbreak. The UN warned last month that up to
14 million civilians were on the brink of famine.

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