Enthusiastic reception of the Saudi Crown Prince in France, criticism ignored

ISLAMABAD, July 28 (Alliance News): French President Emmanuel Macron has welcomed Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for talks in Paris, ignoring backlash for hosting journalist Jamal Khashoggi less than four years after his murder. .

According to foreign media, this meeting is the latest step in the restoration of relations at the diplomatic level by Mohammed bin Salman, after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey. were confined to the West.

Emmanuel Macron warmly welcomed Mohammed bin Salman, also known globally as ‘MBS’, before the dinner, with the two figures using both their hands to shake hands warmly.

Emmanuel Macron later led MBS to walk the red carpet at the Elysée Palace, defying criticism from human rights groups and Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancee.

MBS, seen as a zealot by his supporters and a tyrant by his critics, arrived in France earlier this month following US President Joe Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia. He stopped in Greece this week, his first visit to the European Union since Khashoggi’s murder.

The United Nations investigation said that “the killing of Jamal Khashoggi is an extrajudicial killing that Saudi Arabia is responsible for.”

US intelligence agencies determined that Mohammed bin Salman had approved the operation that led to Khashoggi’s death, a charge Saudi Arabia denies and blames the incident on a rogue group.

Jamal Khashoggi’s widow said, “I am deeply shocked and outraged that Emmanuel Macron is welcoming my fiancee’s killers with all honors.”

He said that “all the international investigations conducted till now recognize the responsibility of Mohammed bin Salman in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi”.

“I am deeply troubled by what this visit means for our world and what this visit means for Jamal Khashoggi and people like him,” Amnesty International Secretary General Agnes Callomard said.

He further said that ‘MBS is a man who does not tolerate any disagreement’.

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