Theresa May vows to push Saudi leader over journalist murder in ‘robust’ G20 talks

Theresa May has vowed to be “robust” as she meets Saudi Arabia’s leader to press him over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The prime minister told Sky News she would be “robust” with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a face-to-face meeting on the fringes of a G20 summit in Argentina.

The prince is accused of ordering the killing of Mr Khashoggi, who died in the Saudi consulate office in Turkey.

Riyadh insists he knew nothing about plans for the killing.

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Jamal Khashoggi was killed after going into the consulate on 2 October
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Jamal Khashoggi was killed after going into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October

Speaking on day one of the meeting of world leaders, Mrs May said it was the UK’s relationship with Saudi Arabia that “enabled” her to press its leader.

She promised to push for a transparent, credible investigation that would ensure “confidence in the outcome of it”.

Mrs May added the inquiry would have to make sure “those responsible are held to account”.

A picture taken on October 22, 2018 shows a portrait of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) in the capital Riyadh one day ahead of the the Future Investment Initiative FII conference that will take place in Riyadh from 23-25 October. - Saudi Arabia will host a key investment summit overshadowed by the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi that has prompted a wave of policymakers and corporate giants to withdraw. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/
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The G20 is Prince Mohammed’s first major international event since the killing

She also vowed to raise the Saudi’s role in the war in Yemen, saying he was “very concerned” that the country’s humanitarian crisis is “getting worse”.

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

Earlier this month a US official said the CIA had concluded he ordered the dissident journalist’s killing.

The Saudi public prosecutor claims 21 people have been taken into custody over the killing, with 11 people indicted and facing trial.

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