French President to Saudi Crown Prince: ‘You Never Listen to Me’

01 December, 2018, 06:23 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of G20 Summit in Argentina on Thursday

During the five-minute exchange, Salman is heard urging Macron not to worry, to which the French president promptly replied, "I am anxious".

Already the French Presidency has said that Emmanuel Macron spoke to the Crown Prince on the summit's sidelines about both the journalist's murder and Saudi's role in the war in Yemen, which the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Video of their meeting shows the two speaking in hushed tones with their heads close together, Mr Macron looking the crown prince in the eye and Prince Mohammed nodding his head and at times smiling.

The Prime Minister's stony-faced meeting with Mohammed bin Salman was in stark contrast to the friendly "high five" he shared with Vladimir Putin.

The French presidency said that Macron spoke to the prince about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi Arabian-led offensive in Yemen, where millions are on the brink of starvation.

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday reportedly insisted that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman include worldwide experts in the investigation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, noting that the crown prince never heeds his words.

Trump said he "had no discussion" with the crown prince, but "we might", the official said.

Further in the clip, which lasts one-minute and was posted on Twitter, Mr Macron rebukes the Saudi leader for not appreciating his advice.

Macron, undeterred and continuing on with the conversation, later says, "I'm a man of my word".

It says Mr Macron told MBS that Europeans wanted worldwide investigators to take part in the probe on Mr Khashoggi's death and stressed "the necessity of a political solution in Yemen".

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However, French President Emmanuel Macron took a cooler, more confrontational stance when he came face-to-face with the Saudi crown prince.

There has been widespread condemnation and public outrage over attacks on sites such as school bus and hospitals, where Yemeni civilians, including children, have died.

Saudi Arabia has said the prince had no prior knowledge of the murder.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people, including protesters from anti-capitalist and rights groups, held multiple rallies against the summit, slamming US President Donald Trump, among other key figures, for what they called failing to address a broad range of issues, including climate change, poverty and immigration. The two leaders are controversial figures at the summit.

Later Friday, a White House official said Trump and Prince Mohammed exchanged pleasantries at a leaders' session - as the president did with almost every leader in attendance.

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