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Macron tells Saudi prince worldwide experts needed in Khashoggi investigation

Macron tells Saudi prince worldwide experts needed in Khashoggi investigation

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday at the G20 summit of industrialized nations that while Turkey did not want to damage the Saudi royal family, the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been a test for the whole world.

"I spoke directly to the crown prince to highlight our concerns and our need for better answers on the killing of Khashoggi", Trudeau said.

Saudi Arabia initially said Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate before shifting its account of what happened amid Turkish intelligence leaks.

Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, the two countries which are heavyweights in oil production, are known to have close ties.

The de facto Saudi leader denies having prior knowledge of Khashoggi's killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

Saudi prosecutors maintain that the 15-man team sent to Istanbul exceeded its authority when the lead negotiator in the team made a decision to kill Khashoggi for refusing orders to return.

Mr Macron's demand came shortly before Theresa May held face-to-face talks with the crown prince in which she promised to send a "robust" message about the murder, as well as the war in Yemen.

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In related news, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia had agreed to renew a pact on oil production cuts, amid slumping crude prices on global markets. Current US president Donald Trump said Bush had "inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service". Intelligence experts also note that it is almost impossible that the US resident would have been murdered without the permission of the crown prince, who maintains a firm grip on control in his country.

Xi met the prince on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on Friday and said China would support the kingdom's economic development, adding that stability was the cornerstone for prosperity and progress in the Gulf.

Trump, who was seen passing by MBS and Putin without interacting with either, is not expected to meet with the crown prince.

French President Emmanuel Macron he arrives for the G20 leaders' summit in Buenos November 30, 2018.

Mattis and Pompeo urged senators to support the United States involvement in the war in Yemen, including assistance to Saudi Arabia.

USA lawmakers have called for the U.S. to take a tougher stand against Saudi Arabia as a result of the killing.