Published: Sat, June 29, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

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Trump's plan to boost defence sales to the kingdom has hit obstacles in Congress, where Democrats and some fellow Republicans are not happy about human rights abuses, including the murder a year ago of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"You have done a spectacular job", Trump told Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, referring to him as "a friend of mine".

"As you know, Saudi Arabia is a big purchaser of American products of American products and especially of America military equipment", Mr. Trump said.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan June 29, 2019.

On Saturday, Trump declined to say whether he would address the death of Khashoggi, who was a critic of the crown prince, in his meeting.

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In a readout provided after the talks, the White House said the pair discussed "the importance of human rights issues", among other subjects, but gave no further details.

Bin Salman's central position in the photograph, alongside Japanese prime minister and host Shinzo Abe, also appeared to suggest a return to the fold after he was cast to the margins at the previous G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, just weeks after the journalist was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

The report urged a formal criminal investigation into the case.

A United Nations expert report has said that the "execution of Mr Khashoggi was the responsibility of the state of Saudi Arabia", and that the crown prince must have been aware of attempts to cover up the crime after the fact, including a forensic cleaning of the consulate.

Despite the worldwide uproar over the murder, Trump has maintained friendly ties with the crown prince, and showered him with praise during the meeting on Saturday.

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