Khashoggis WhatsApp texts reveal sharp criticism of Saudi Crown prince

Saudi slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi

But at least for embattled Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the meeting of the world's most powerful leaders was a smashing success.

The killing of Washington Post columnist Khashoggi in October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has strained Saudi Arabia's ties with the West and battered Prince Mohammed's image overseas. Mohammed bin Salman, or MbS as he is often referred to by the media, has been side-lined by numerous politicians, however he has not been completely outcast as a political pariah as most countries acknowledge the need to maintain a relationship with Saudi Arabia for trade and intelligence links.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded on Saturday, 3 December, that Saudi Arabia extradite suspects in the killing in Istanbul of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying the kingdom was not cooperating.

Arab journalists hail Turkey's moves on Khashoggi case

A French presidential spokesperson said Macron told bin Salman at the summit that Europeans will insist on worldwide experts being part of the investigations into the Saudi journalist's murder. The summit marked the Saudi Crown Prince's first major worldwide diplomatic test since the murder of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, on October 2.

Macron also discussed oil prices with MBS, and the role Riyadh can play in their fluctuation, the French presidential office said.

Mrs May told MPs: 'I met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, first to stress the importance of a full, transparent and credible investigation into the awful murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and for those responsible to be held to account - a matter which I also discussed with President Erdogan.


But in August, when he believed their conversations may have been intercepted by Saudi authorities, a sense of foreboding descends over Khashoggi. On Sunday he landed in Algeria.

Other leaders, including Argentine President and summit host Mauricio Macri, made even less effort to hide their priorities when it comes to the Saudis.

'Leaders should not just offer warm words against human rights atrocities, but back their words up with action.


"There are many different ways to show your rejection of this fellow by either ignoring him, or meeting him and raising questions about Yemen and Khashoggi", Jose Miguel Vivanco, the executive director of group's Americas division, told The Washington Times. May said, "and the importance of insuring that those who were involved are held to account".

Abdulaziz received and clicked on a link sent to his phone in June 2018 that he says exposed his mobile communications to Saudi authorities.


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