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Saudi US embassy road could be renamed 'Jamal Khashoggi Way'

02 December 2018

Erdogan said that only Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had raised Khashoggi's death at the gathering and that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) gave an "unbelievable explanation" of Riyadh's role in the case.

Among the world leaders the crown prince also met with on day one included Indonesia's vice president and South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa, where he discussed cooperation in the fields of energy and investment.

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In a video of the encounter, Macron stands close to the crown prince, who appears acquiescent, and the French president speaks with his hands while the crown prince nods.

Erdogan also demanded again on Saturday that Saudi Arabia extradite the suspects in the slaying, saying that a trial in the kingdom was not satisfactory.

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US intelligence agencies have reportedly concluded that the crown prince was responsible for ordering the murder.

Despite initial pleasantries, the crown prince looked sidelined during the official "family photo" of world leaders and other dignitaries, standing at the far edge of the group portrait and ignored.

The Russian President's gesture, they said, indicates that he has either vindicated Prince Salman's claim of innocence in Khashoggi's murder or "congratulated him for the undercover operation".

"What I said to the crown prince yesterday was the importance of a full, credible, transparent investigation that identifies those who were involved and the importance of ensuring that those who were involved are held to account".

Erdogan also met with his United States counterpart Donald Trump.

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Meanwhile Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prince Mohammed shared a smiley, enthusiastic greeting at the gathering.

With Russia's previous cyberthreats and Saudi Arabia's poor reaction - freezing trade and investment - to earlier criticism of their human rights record, backlash could be a possibility.

In his first column for the newspaper, Khashoggi said he feared being arrested in an apparent crackdown on dissent overseen by the prince since.

French President Emmanuel Macron told the prince in a separate meeting that Europeans will insist on global experts being part of the investigation into Khashoggi's killing.

China "will continue to stick together with the Arab country on issues involving their core interests", Xinhua quoted Xi as telling the prince.

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Saudi US embassy road could be renamed 'Jamal Khashoggi Way'