Theresa May told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday that he should take action to prevent incidents like the murder of Jamal Khashoggi from happening again, her office said. Saudi Arabia must take measures to “build confidence that such a deplorable incident could not happen again”, the British prime minister’s office said in a readout of a meeting May had with the crown prince, known as MBS, at the G20 summit in Argentina.
“The Prime Minister stressed the importance of ensuring that those responsible for the appalling murder of Jamal Khashoggi are held to account,” the statement read.
The killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and Saudi government critic, has cast a shadow over the international summit in Buenos Aires, which began on Friday.
The summit marks the first time MBS has met with several major world leaders since the journalist’s killing on 2 October inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
He received a frosty welcome from many present, as global pressure has grown to hold the Saudi crown prince accountable for Khashoggi’s murder and his country’s role in the devastating conflict in Yemen.
While Saudi officials have repeatedly denied MBS had any knowledge of Khashoggi’s killing, the CIA recently concluded that he ordered the assassination.
Testy exchange between Macron and MBS
Earlier this week, the British prime minister said she intended to discuss the Khashoggi case and the situation in Yemen with MBS.
“I am intending to speak with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. The message that I give will be very clear … on this issue of Jamal Khashoggi, but also on the issue of Yemen,” she told reporters on her flight to Buenos Aires.
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