G20 Summit: May 'encourages' Saudi Arabia to co-operate in murder investigation

G20 Summit: May 'encourages' Saudi Arabia to co-operate in murder investigation

G20 Summit: May 'encourages' Saudi Arabia to co-operate in murder investigation

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders insists the reason for the cancellation was the situation with Ukraine, but said the probe into possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation was damaging ties between the two countries.

Some have noticed Trump seems to be keeping his distance from the two leaders so far, but he will reportedly have a impromptu meeting with Putin at some point before the summit is finished.

During the course of the day, President Trump "exchanged pleasantries" with Salman, telling reporters that while they didn't talk about hot-button issues concerning the US and Saudi Arabia, it was possible the pair would do so as the summit rolled on.

On October 5, 2017, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for the first time made a visit to Russian Federation.

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.

In a November 26 submission, Human Rights Watch asked the Argentine federal prosecutor to examine the crown prince's possible responsibility for torture of Saudi citizens in government custody - including Khashoggi who was murdered on October 2 - and violations of worldwide humanitarian law in Yemen.

French President Emmanuel Macron stepped up pressure on Salman over Khashoggi's killing by telling him worldwide experts need to be involved in the murder investigation.

Slapping their hands in mid-air, the heads of state embraced and smiled as they took seats at the summit's round table.

Mr. Trump canceled his previously scheduled meeting with Putin on Thursday after he was briefed on the incident. The prince also has U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May on his list after what appeared to be something of a talking to from Macron when the two briefly interacted earlier Friday.

It was unclear whether she could reschedule planned talks with Trump and China's Xi Jinping.

Another question is whether leaders can agree on a final communique and, if they do, whether it's so watered down as to be meaningless. European leaders like Macron have led the push to preserve that multilateral system.

Trump chatted with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the leaders of Japan and France during the group photo session at the G-20 summit.

Meanwhile diplomats from the G20 countries continued to haggle over a final summit statement.

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