Prime Minister Theresa May will address the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi during her talk with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 summit. May announced this while the crown prince, who would have ordered the murder, met Indian Prime Minister Modi in Argentina.
Bin Salman spoke with Modi in his stay in Buenos Aires, where the economic summit is held this weekend. Whether the Indian Prime Minister raised the murder is unclear.
The death of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has worsened relations between Riyadh and the West. It is the first time since the murder that the crown prince makes an important trip abroad.
“he message I will give will be very clear. We want an extensive and open investigation into what has happened. And of course we want those who are responsible for this to be called to account.
May indicated that they will also address Saudi bombing in Yemen, which involves many civilian deaths.
More and more countries are calling for the termination of Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, as the humanitarian situation in the country is deteriorating by the day. Bin Salman is seen as the architect of the Saudi intervention, in which especially allies in the region participate. The US provides logistical support and intelligence and they provide the Saudis with new weapons.
We remain deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation. We will encourage all parties to work towards this.
On Wednesday, to the great dissatisfaction of President Trump, the US Senate adopted a resolution calling for the termination of US support for the war in Yemen. The broad support for the resolution, which was also supported by Republicans, also shows the growing dissatisfaction in the US about the Saudi role in the war and the involvement of Riyadh in the killing of Khashoggi.