Argentine President Mauricio Macri said Thursday that accusations against Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman relating to war crimes and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi may be discussed during the G20 summit, which starts Friday in Buenos Aires.
“Regarding the crown prince, who is attending this summit, Saudi Arabia is a permanent member of the G20. And, as such, he is attending. This issue, which has impacted the world, is on the table and it may come out in bilateral meetings or not, or in the G20 agenda,” Macri said.
Macri was speaking at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, who said he will have the opportunity to discuss the accusations with the Saudi crown prince when they meet during the summit.
Macron said the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “very serious”.
“I believe and I hope that the investigations, both in Turkey and in Saudi Arabia, will continue to clarify the situation, both for the relatives of Mr. Khashoggi and for the international community,” Macron said.
Jamal Khashoggi was a Saudi dissident journalist who went into self-imposed. He moved to the United States when the crown prince began a widespread crackdown on dissent and critical voices.
In early October, The Washington Post columnist went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to request documents for his marriage, never to return.
After weeks of denial, Saudi Arabia officially admitted Khashoggi had died in the consulate but claimed it was a rogue operation and that the crown prince has no links to his murder. However, a recent CIA report said there were definitive links between MBS and Khashoggi's murder.
The case created a diplomatic scandal and many countries cancelled arm sales to Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi crown prince arrived in Buenos Aires Wednesday for the two-day G20 summit.