Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Kremlin defends Putin's 'high five' with Saudi crown prince

Kremlin defends Putin's 'high five' with Saudi crown prince

With pomp reserved for heads of state, Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia greeted the prince on the tarmac late on Sunday.

The Saudi-Algerian business council also convened during Prince Mohammed's visit.

Qatar's withdrawal from OPEC, announced on Monday, will likely be added to the agenda.

MORE than 400 private WhatsApp messages sent by Khashoggi a year ago to a fellow Saudi exile may offer fresh clues to the killing of the dissident journalist.

The judgment on Prince Mohammed's likely culpability, the Central Intelligence Agency assessment says, is based on the crown prince's personal focus on Mr. Khashoggi, his tight control over the Saudi operatives sent to Istanbul to kill him, "and his authorizing some of the same operators to violently target other opponents". Three agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed on the sidelines of the visit of the Crown Prince.

The Saudi crown prince is due to meet top Algerian officials to discuss bilateral relations and developments in the oil market as well as a couple of worldwide issues, according to a statement from the Algerian Presidency Office. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he had a frank conversation with the crown prince at a leaders' dinner on Friday, telling him there was "a need for better answers on the killing of Khashoggi".

Al-Qahtani began working in the royal court a decade ago, and later emerged as Crown Prince Mohammed's chief propagandist.

Trump, in an exclamation point-heavy statement before the summit, said it did not matter whether MbS knew about Khashoggi's death and that Saudi Arabia was important for business and for its hostility to Iran.

The embrace came amid reports that Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia have reached a pact to cut oil production when the OPEC cartel meets on 6 December in Vienna, to help shore up collapsing crude prices.

Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said the question of holding the killers responsible and the strategic importance of the US-Saudi relationship were separate issues.

Abdulaziz told CNN that Jamal believed bin Salman, commonly referred to as MBS, was the problem.

In more than 400 messages sent to an exiled Saudi activist in Canada, revealed by CNN, Khashoggi paints the Prince as someone who relentlessly preys on his critics, saying, "The more victims he eats, the more he wants". "I'm glad you're overseas and you are safe", Abdulaziz wrote to Khashoggi following the interception of their messages by Saudi in August.

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