Only one country out of G20 raised journalist killing against Saudi Arabia in full summit
ISLAMABAD - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that only one G20 leader — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — raised the journalist's killing in the full summit.
Erdogan said that he himself did not bring up the case as time ran out in the session.
Both French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May said they raised the Khashoggi case during private meetings with the crown prince, with Macron overheard on an open microphone telling him, “You never listen to me.”
Canada has been outspoken on human rights in Saudi Arabia, which has retaliated by breaking off diplomatic relations and vowing to end trade.
But US President Donald Trump has said that it does not matter if the crown prince ordered the killing of Khashoggi, who lived near Washington, because the kingdom is a major buyer of arms, supplier of oil and opponent of Iran.
In a nod to growing criticism at home on Saudi Arabia, Trump only exchanged “pleasantries” with the crown prince, according to the White House.
But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with his Saudi counterpart in Buenos Aires, and again defended the US embrace of the crown prince.
“There's no direct evidence linking him to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi,” Pompeo told *CNN*. -APP/AFP