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Saudi Crown Prince receives 'firm message' on Khashoggi probe at G20 summit

Saudi Crown Prince receives 'firm message' on Khashoggi probe at G20 summit

World leaders welcomed Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday at the G20 summit, showing he was no pariah less than two months after the kingdom killed a dissident journalist.

Mohammed bin Salman was met with protests in Buenos Aires as the summit was expected to create tensions between the Saudi prince and western leaders.

USA intelligence, which has reportedly analysed an audio recording from inside the Saudi Arabian consulate, has concluded that MBS was behind the murder of Mr Khashoggi, an allegation which Saudi Arabia still denies.

US President Donald Trump (R) looks at Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they take their places for a family photo, during the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on November 30, 2018.

In the audio of the conversation, it's possible to make out the prince saying "Don't worry", to which Macron responds: "I am worried".

Despite President Donald Trump's wavering, the Central Intelligence Agency has reportedly directly implicated MBS in Khashoggi's killing.

"You never listen to me", Macron says.

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

A cryptic exchange between the pair on Friday was caught on video and shared by the English-language Saudi Gazette. Human Rights Watch, however, has accused him of responsibility and also of war crimes in Yemen, and on Wednesday, Argentine legal authorities took initial action to consider a request to prosecute him for alleged crimes against humanity - a move apparently aimed at embarrassing him as he attends the summit.

Mr Trump is also reported to have had a short meeting with the Crown Prince.

Trump cancelled his G20 meeting with Putin on Twitter Thursday, amid new revelations from Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen about the president's involvement in Russian business dealings during his campaign.

The face-off came after Russian President Vladimir Putin greeted Bin Salman with an apparent "high five". According to the White House they only "exchanged pleasantries", and the President said they had "no discussion".

The German Chancellor's summit schedule was disrupted after a technical fault meant she had to change planes en route, delaying her arrival.

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