Friday, 14 December, 2018

Justin Trudeau won't meet with Saudi Crown prince at G20 summit

At G-20 And At Home, A Test For Saudi's Crown Prince: Can He Survive Khashoggi Fallout? Trudeau not among world leaders meeting with Saudi Crown prince at G20
Leonard Rios | 03 December, 2018, 05:09

Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia received the prince at the airport, where an official reception ceremony was held.

The visit aims to consolidate boosting bilateral cooperation, the statement said.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist working for The Washington Post, was killed shortly after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

The Journal said on Saturday it had reviewed excerpts of an intelligence file that was classified as "highly confidential", which cites electronic intercepts and other covert information between Prince Mohammed and his aide, Saud al-Qahtani.

President Erdogan remains deeply frustrated at Saudi Arabia's response to the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country's consulate in Istanbul.

The Wall Street Journal, quoting the Central Intelligence Agency assessment, said Saturday that Prince Mohammed sent at least 11 messages in the hours before the killing to a close adviser charged with overseeing the murder.

The CIA claims Prince Mohammed told associates in August 2017 they "could possibly lure [Khashoggi] outside Saudi Arabia and make arrangements" if the Washington Post columnist refused to return to the kingdom from the US.

The Turkish president said Turkey had evidence that Khashoggi had been killed over the course of seven and a half minutes and had shared the evidence with those countries who had asked for it.

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Many banks and other businesses also will shut down, and government buildings are flying flags at half-staff until December 30. Bush will be commemorated at a service at the National Cathedral Wednesday morning before being laid to rest Friday in Texas.

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It alleged that Netanyahu sought to interfere with content of Bezeq's Walla website "in a way that would benefit him". According to a police statement, authorities found evidence of fraud, bribery, and breach of trust.

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In Algeria, his planned visit has sparked an outcry from journalists, politicians and intellectuals.

Trudeau said he also brought up the need for better answers on the killing of journalist Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the ongoing imprisonment of Raif Badawi, as well as the need for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian aid in Yemen.

At a news conference in Buenos Aires, Trudeau said he had a "frank conversation" with the Saudi crown prince at the leaders' dinner on Friday.

Louisa Hanoune, head of the opposition Workers' Party, described his visit as a "provocation".

Trump said there is no definitive evidence that Saudi Arabia's crown prince is complicit in the killing. Even if United States lawmakers slap sanctions on the kingdom, the prince is likely to remain secure in his position as king-in-waiting.

The statement came after Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the Senate that weakening of ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia over the killing would adversely affect the national security of America. Qatar denies the allegations.

After days of denial, Saudi Arabia later confirmed its role in Khashoggi's killing after facing massive pressure from Turkey over their investigations on the issue.

Earlier in the day, MBS made a brief visit to Mauritania where he signed a series of agreements with President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

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