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Will meet Saudi crown prince Salman at G20 summit: Macron

France's President Emmanuel Macron waves next to France's First Lady Brigitte Macron visit the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires. Photograph:( AFP )

AFP Buenos Aires, Argentina Nov 29, 2018, 10.58 PM (IST)

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he would raise the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

"I will no doubt have the opportunity to mention it with the crown prince on the margins of the summit," Macron told journalists in Buenos Aires.

Macron also said he had called a meeting to coordinate the views of European G20 leaders on policy challenges ahead of the summit, which begins Friday. 

In a tweet later, he said they would also discuss the fallout from Khashoggi's murder. 

"I have always been clear with Saudi Arabia. It will be one of the subjects we will talk about among Europeans. I wanted us to have a coordination meeting before the opening of the G20 on this subject and all the challenges at the summit."

The de facto Saudi ruler arrived in Argentina on Wednesday, bidding to shrug off international outrage over the October 2 murder in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.

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'I will no doubt have the opportunity to mention it with the crown prince on the margins of the summit,' Macron told journalists in Buenos Aires.