Saudi Crown Prince-Modi meet in Argentina

Saudi Crown Prince-Modi meet in Argentina

Moscow, Amid international outcry over murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud held talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Buenos Aires where the leaders have arrived to participate in the two-day G20 summit that will kick off on Friday. Riyadh was ready to meet India's demand for oil and petroleum products, the Crown Prince assured Mr Modi, Russian news agency Sputnik reported on Friday. The deliberations revolved around bilateral cooperation in economy, political, security, military and cultural areas, the agency reported. International advocacy group Human Rights Watch, on Wednesday, had said in a statement that the federal prosecutor in Argentina, Ramiro Gonzalez, had agreed to take up a case against the Saudi crown prince, who is widely suspected of involvement in the killing of Khashoggi. However, Argentina's Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Raimondi told Sputnik on Thursday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would have full immunity during his visit to the South American country as a representative of a sovereign state at the G20 summit.

The Saudi journalist went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. After weeks of denials, the Saudi prosecutors acknowledged that the US-based Washington Post columnist had been killed inside the diplomatic mission. Various media reports suggest that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had evidence proving that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the killing, something denied by Riyadh. The situation provoked global outcry and condemnation of the Saudi authorities and, particularly, the crown prince. However, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir said that calls on the crown prince to be removed were a "red line."

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