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British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday held a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the G20 international summit in Argentina.
During the talks, Mai stressed “the importance of ensuring that all those responsible for the brutal killing of Jamal Khashoggi are held accountable,” the press office of the British prime minister said.
“Saudi Arabia is taking the necessary measures to strengthen confidence that such sad incidents can not be repeated in the future,” Prince Mohammed said.
May also pointed to the need for “Saudi Arabia's full cooperation with the Turkish authorities” on the investigation of the killing of Khashoggi, and ensure full transparency to identify all officials.
The two sides also discussed the developments of the Yemeni crisis, stressing the “urgent need to end the conflict and help millions of people threatened by famine.”
The British prime minister stressed, however, “the UK's support for Saudi security, including the real threats emanating from Iranian interference in Yemen.”
Earlier in the day, the British prime minister pledged to be “tough” during her talks with the Saudi crown prince and said she would focus on discussing the Khashoggi deaths and the Yemeni crisis.
The meeting took place at a time when Prince Mohammed bin Salman was facing widespread criticism and accusations against the backdrop of the killing of Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist with the Washington Post who was assassinated on October 2 at the headquarters of his consulate in Istanbul. Yemen, which many hold responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians in this country as well as provoke a severe humanitarian crisis.
Source: Reuters + Agencies