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A year on, MBS 'gets pass from world leaders' on Khashoggi murder
Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate a year ago [File: Erdem Sahin/EPA]
DAILYNEWS Weeks after journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, the kingdom's crown prince attended the G20 summit in Argentina to an apparent cool reception.
During the official family photo, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), who faced allegations of ordering the October 2, 2018, killing, stood at the far edge of the group portrait. Largely ignored by the leaders of the world's largest economies, he exited the stage quickly afterwards, without stopping to speak to the others. "Saudi Crown Prince sidelined in G20 family photo", "A bro-shake with Putin, a talking-to from Macron: The Saudi prince's less-than-royal treatment at the G-20", read some of the headlines after the November summit.
The leaders of France, Canada and the United Kingdom, meanwhile, said they pressed for an investigation into Khashoggi's killing during their separate meetings with Prince Mohammed, who denies any knowledge of the murder.
But when the same G20 leaders gathered in Japan's Osaka in June, things appeared different. This time, Prince Mohammed stood front and centre in the family photo, sandwiched between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump, who at a personal breakfast earlier, congratulated the crown prince for doing a "spectacular job" in "opening up" Saudi Arabia and fighting "terrorism".
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