The G-20 summit ended last Saturday in Buenos Aires, but some of the dust that was stirred at the remarkable event is yet to settle down. One of the incidents that capture the attention of observers at the event was the unexpected bromance noticed between two prominent leaders, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.
At the 2018 G-20 summit held in Argentina, Russian President, Vladimir Putin and Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, were seen greeting each other like old pals. This warm relationship is significant, giving the fact that since the murder of the dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, most of the world leaders have stayed away from the Saudi leader.
As the leaders were seen converging at the venue of the summit, Putin and MBS, as he is fondly called, were seen smiling enthusiastically while having a warm handshake.
It will be recalled that the dissident journalist, Khashoggi, disappeared after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey. His disappearance raised a lot of dust, including explanations and counter-explanations until the Saudi Kingdom later owned up that Khashoggi has been murdered and his body dismembered.
There were suspicions among the American intelligence officials that the order for the killing of journalists came directly from the crown prince. However, the U.S. President, Donald Trump seems not to believe in such an assertion.
Following his position on this issue, Trump has been criticized severally for his response to the Washington Post journalist’s death. Trump cited an arms deal as a reason he had maintained cordial relations with Saudi Arabia despite the unpleasant incident. Rumors have it that theWhite House prevented the CIA Director, Gina Haspel from honoring a closed-door briefing on the killing. This has raised more criticism of President Trump by the general populace. The Saudi Crown Prince is scheduled to meet a few leaders at the summit in Argentina, including Putin and the French President, Emmanuel Macron. Although Trump said he
exchanged pleasantries with MBS, he was not scheduled to meet with the crown prince at the summit.
The U.S. President had earlier canceled his meeting with Putin on Thursday, pointing at the clashes with Russian and Ukrainian military vessels over the weekend. Trump’s announcement was made shortly after his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, admitted lying to Congress on his contact with Russian officials concerning a real estate deal during the 2016 presidential election. Over the weekend, the Russian coast guard hit three Ukrainian ships and their crews.
The G-20 summit came to an end last Saturday in Buenos Aires, with 19 countries agreeing to support the Paris accord on fighting climate change. The U.S., however, happened to be the only country that withdrew from the climate change agreement.
All the G-20 leaders agreed on fixing issues concerning migration and the world trading system. They reached the non-binding agreement after a long diplomatic discussion that stretches overnight and into daylight on Saturday before it was finally signed off.