'You pay attention to me&amp never;#039;: Macron meets MBS on G20 sidelines

'You pay attention to me&amp never;#039;: Macron meets MBS on G20 sidelines

MBS and Macron met at the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina [Saudi Foreign Ministry via Twitter]-

French President Emmanuel Macron met Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires.

Who has Mohammed bin Salman has met up to now?

  • President Emmanuel Macron (France)
  • President Moon Jae-In (South Korea)
  • President Xi Jinping (China)
  • President Enrique Pena Nieto (Mexico)
  • Vice President Jusuf Kalla (Indonesia)
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi (India)

According to officials at the Elysee Palace, Macron conveyed a “very firm” message to the Saudi prince on the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in October, and also the ongoing war in Yemen.

Macron said that Europe would insist upon international experts being area of the investigation in to the murder of Khashoggi, Reuters news agency reported. 

on Friday was caught on video and shared by the English-language Saudi Gazette

A cryptic exchange between your pair.

In the video, Prince Mohammed, known as MBS also, could be heard telling the French leader never to worry, to which he replies: “I’m worried”. 


Macron then tells MBS: “You won’t ever pay attention to me”, to that your prince responds “I shall listen, needless to say.”

The context of the exchange isn’t clear, but Western leaders, including Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa Could have vowed to confront the Saudi prince on the killing of Khashoggi, on October 2 who disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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Several states, like the Canada and US, have previously issued sanctions contrary to the Saudi agents mixed up in killing but strong suspicions remain on the Saudi crown prince’s role in the death. 

France also imposed sanctions, including travel bans, on 18 Saudi citizens from the murder. French officials also said more sanctions could follow according to the total outcomes of an investigation. 

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Saudi Arabia dismisses any suggestion that MBS had understanding of the operation to kill Khashoggi, but Turkey has hinted at advanced Saudi involvement consistently, stopping lacking accusing any senior Saudi royal.

The killing of Khashoggi drew outrage across Western states and governments traditionally allied to Saudi Arabia have discovered themselves needing to balance calls to punish the kingdom with the chance of souring ties and potentially jeopardising commercial and military contracts.

No leader has been as clear in spelling out those risks, as US President Donald Trump, who warned the united states risked losing billions if it took punitive measures against Riyadh.

The G20 is Prince Mohammed’s first stop by at meet Western leaders because the Khashoggi’s killing.