French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday welcomed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to talks on the Elysee Palace in Paris with an extended handshake, regardless of outrage from rights teams over their assembly.
Macron warmly greeted the dominion’s de-facto ruler forward of a dinner, AFP TV footage confirmed, defying objections from activists the talks are deeply inappropriate lower than 4 years after the homicide of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The prince, generally known as MBS, is making his first journey to Europe because the killing and in addition held talks in Greece earlier this week.
MBS, wearing conventional Saudi robes, loved an extended handshake with Macron, with each males additionally becoming a member of their left palms in a heat four-handed gesture.
Macron then guided MBS up the steps on the pink carpet into the Elysee Palace.
Neither synthetic any remark however an announcement is predicted later from the Elysee after the talks.
The physique language of the talks was at all times going to be intently watched after a fist-bump between US President Joe Biden and MBS earlier this month was seen as a logo of his reintegration into the worldwide neighborhood.
A UN report into the killing of Khashoggi on October 2, 2018 within the Saudi consulate in Istanbul mentioned there was motive to research the accountability of the prince whereas US intelligence mentioned he had sanctioned it, a declare the Saudis vehemently deny.