Dec 01 2018

Erdoğan, Trump meet on sidelines of G20 summit in Argentina

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina, amid a global outcry over the death of a U.S.-based Saudi journalist who was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October, the Washington Post reported.

The meeting between the two leaders, which was 50 minutes long and closed to reporters, is the second to take place in Buenos Aires.

Erdoğan's meeting with Trump was preceded by closed-door meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Washington Post said.

The Trump-Erdoğan meeting arrives as the Turkish president seeks to keep international pressure on Saudi Arabia over the slaying in October of dissident Jamal Khashoggi. Trump, in contrast, has said there is no definitive evidence linking Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to the killing while stressing that the kingdom is an important ally that has helped keep oil prices low.

Saudi officials have insisted that the Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not know in advance about the killing; however, Turkey maintains the hit was ordered at the highest levels of Saudi leadership, with the CIA assessing that the prince was directly behind it, despite vehement denials from the Kingdom.