Saudi crown prince to attend G20 summit
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will attend a G20 summit in Argentina later this month, Saudi-owned news channel Al Arabiya reported on Monday.
Al Arabaiya quoted Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih as saying Prince Mohammed would head to the summit as part of a foreign trip.
The prospect of Prince Mohammed taking his place among leaders of some of the world’s leading economic powers has added to the outcry against the crown prince, who was named by the CIA as the man who ordered the killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2.
Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a 15-person team sent from Saudi Arabia. Turkish officials have gradually released information on the killing, recordings of which they have reportedly shared with foreign intelligence agencies.
If Prince Mohammed does attend the summit, which will be held in Argentinian capital Buenos Aires on November 30 and December 1, it will be his first visit abroad since the killing. British journalist Brian Whitaker expressed a view sure to be held by many in a Twitter post shortly after the news emerged.
Political scientist Ian Bremmer had a slightly different take, comparing Prince Mohammed’s presence to that of other established leaders known internationally for human rights violations.
Saudis just announced Mohammed Bin Salman will attend G20 Summit.— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) November 19, 2018
Will surely bring outrage.
But hard to see how it’s any different from Erdogan, Putin, or Xi attending.