PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday welcomed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to talks on the Elysee Palace in Paris with a protracted 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 photos 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, referred to as MBS, is making his first journey to Europe because the killing and likewise held talks in Greece earlier this week.
MBS, wearing conventional Saudi robes, loved a protracted handshake with Macron, with each males additionally becoming a member of their left fingers in a heat four-handed gesture.
Macron then guided MBS up the steps on the crimson carpet into the Elysee Palace.
Neither artificial any remark however an announcement is anticipated later from the Elysee after the talks.
The physique language of the talks was all the time 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 purpose to research the accountability of the prince whereas US intelligence mentioned he had sanctioned it, a declare the Saudis vehemently deny.