All eyes will be on Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday and Friday as leaders from 19 of the world’s top economies, as well as representatives from the European Union gather for the 13th G20 summit.
This year’s meeting comes as tensions grow between China and the United States over trade differences, a conflict between Russia and Ukraine escalates and pressure mounts to hold Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to account for the murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi.
Here’s what you should watch for at this year’s summit:
Who will meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman?
The Saudi crown prince, also known by his initials MBS, landed in Buenos Aires on Wednesday, two days before the G20 is set to begin.
It will be his first chance to potentially meet Western leaders since the murder of Saudi journalist Khashoggi in Turkey. After offering several contradicting accounts, the kingdom admitted last month Khashoggi had been killed in its Istanbul consulate on October 2 and his body dismembered.
Riyadh has said that Prince Mohammed had no knowledge of the killing, which Turkey said was ordered at the highest level of Saudi leadership. Erdogan ruled out King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, however.
The murder has strained relations between Saudi Arabia and several other countries, with rights groups and politicians calling for Prince Mohammed to be held to account.
Human Rights Watch submitted a request to Argentina’s federal judge on Monday, asking the country to investigate Prince Mohammed for possible war crimes in Yemen and the murder of Khashoggi. On Wednesday, a judge asked Argentina’s foreign ministry to seek information from Turkey, Yemen and the International Criminal Court.
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