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French President Emmanuel Macron told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Friday that Europe would insist on worldwide experts being part of the investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

On Wednesday Mattis said there's "no smoking gun" connecting the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to the Saudi crown prince he had often criticised.

The two politicians, seen in the above GIF, exchanged the hand gesture after Putin noticed the Saudi prince sitting alone.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) looks at Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they take their places for a group photo during the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio MoraesHuman Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth wrote that the two "seem greatly relieved to find someone who won't mention their conduct overseas".

The kingdom denies the crown prince had any knowledge of the killing.

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.

In an image that quickly went viral online, Russian President Putin and the 33-year-old prince grinned broadly and gave each other an effusive handshake as if they were long-lost friends reunited at the G20.

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The G20 summit in Buenos Aires will be the first major global event Prince Mohammed has attended since Mr Khashoggi's murder.

On the sidelines of the summit French President Emmanuel Macron told the crown prince that Europe would insist on worldwide experts being part of the investigation into Khashoggi's murder.

"No, I will listen, of course", bin Salman replies, prior to bursting into laughter.

Saudi Arabia's crown prince meets the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the summit.

The White House was said to prevent CIA Director Gina Haspel from attending a closed-door briefing on the killing this week with senators, prompting more criticism.

During both bilateral sessions, Trudeau discussed Khashoggi's October murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and Canadian sanctions enacted on 17 Saudi nationals implicated in the killing.

The Turkish president said it was essential that the suspects detained by the Saudi authorities should be extradited to face trial in Turkey.


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