The G20 Summit: Key meetings and moments

Saul Bowman
December 1, 2018

The two leaders were in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Friday for the G20 summit and were seen smiling as they approached each other on the meeting's first day.

An Elysee official said: "It's a sort of contrast between MbS's face sporting an embarrassed smile and the President's face, which was rather stern, and was keen to convey these messages in a very firm manner".

Some have noticed Trump seems to be keeping his distance from the two leaders so far, but he will reportedly have a impromptu meeting with Putin at some point before the summit is finished.

The two leaders met in the prince's residence in Buenos Aires and discussed Saudi Arabia's readiness to supply India with oil and petroleum products.

The prime minister told Mohammed bin Salman there needed to "be full transparency about exactly what had happened" and also full cooperation with Turkish authorities.

The Washington Post columnist, a critic of the Saudi regime, was strangled and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 by a team of Saudi operatives who played music to drown out the sounds of the killing.

The prime minister's aides refused to say whether she would ask the crown prince if he was directly involved in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.


The US president cancelled a formal sit-down with Mr Putin at the summit in Argentina over Moscow's seizure of Ukrainian vessels.

Another question is whether leaders can agree on a final communique and, if they do, whether it's so watered down as to be meaningless.

Twice this year the entire communique process has collapsed. Both the leaders are in Buenos Aires to attend the Group of 20 (G-20) summit which kicks off today (Friday).

Meanwhile diplomats from the G20 countries continued to haggle over a final summit statement.

Separately, the arrival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel was delayed after her official jet was hit by technical issues, forcing it to return to the country shortly after take-off.

Mr Trump's key agenda item though, will be Saturday's dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping - a head to head that world markets will also be watching closely.

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