Saudi prince gets chummy, stern receptions at G-20 summit

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All eyes are on Argentina as the most powerful heads of state descend on Buenos Aires for the G20 summit, and Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman certainly put on a show.

The Saudi prince's decision to attend the G20 summit in Buenos Aires represented a calculated risk, as it was unclear whether leaders would condemn him.

Prince Mohammed's presence at the global summit has been contentious following the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

World leaders have condemned the incident, with Canada, France and Germany imposing sanctions on Saudi Arabia and UK Prime Minister Theresa May vowing to question the Crown Prince about it at the G20.

During the five-minute exchange, Salman is heard urging Macron not to worry, to which the French president promptly replied, "I am anxious".

US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are scheduled to have dinner together on Saturday.

The killing has sparked widespread outrage but Western powers have pledged to maintain close relations with Saudi Arabia, a top oil producer and buyer of U.S. weapons. Trump received a great deal of backlash for his response to Khashoggi's brutal murder after refusing to condemn the Crown Prince's involvement.

Bin Salman told Macron not to worry, but Macron replied, "I am anxious".

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"No, I listen, of course", replied Prince Mohammed, dressed in flowing white robes and smiling broadly after apparently becoming aware of a television camera.

"I am a man of my word", Macron adds.

French President Emmanuel Macron told the crown prince earlier on Friday that Europe would insist on worldwide experts being part of the investigation into the murder of Khashoggi.

A cryptic exchange between the pair on Friday was caught on video and shared by the English-language Saudi Gazette.

Putin and the Crown Prince are slated to meet during the annual gathering to talk about Khashoggi's murder and oil production.

Yesterday Mr Trump cancelled a planned sit down with Mr Putin, citing Russia's recent seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors.

European Union leaders urged G-20 participants to address concerns about journalist safety and the Saudi-backed war in Yemen.

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