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Saudi Crown Prince sidelined in G20 family photo

December 1, 2018 at 3:04 pm

(First Row L to R) President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of South Africa Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, British Prime Minister Theresa May, President of France Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, President of Argentina Mauricio Macri, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison, President of Brazil Michel Temer and Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte pose for the family picture during the opening day of Argentina G20 Leaders’ Summit 2018 at Costa Salguero on November 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina [Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images]

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was sidelined during the official “family photo” of world leaders and other dignitaries at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires on Friday, standing at the far edge of the group portrait and ignored.

Prince Mohammed’s presence at the international summit has been contentious following the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

The crown prince, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, quickly exited the stage without shaking hands or talking with other leaders.

At center stage was Argentine President Mauricio Macri, hosting this year’s summit of G20 industrialized nations.

Macri has said accusations that Prince Mohammed was involved in Khashoggi’s death could be discussed by world leaders during the two-day summit. Saudi Arabia has said the prince had no prior knowledge of the murder.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prince Mohammed later exchanged a high-five and a handshake and laughed heartily as they took seats next to each other in the main meeting room.