The U.S. president is facing pressure from lawmakers on both sides at home to take a tougher stance against the prince, rather than defend him as a reformer and a facilitator of lower oil prices for the U.S. economy. A recent report by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) said that it had concluded that bin Salman had been behind the gruesome crime.
The Elysee said it was the first time that Macron and the crown prince, known as MbS, had spoken since Khashoggi's murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2.
The Saudi Gazette newspaper posted a video of the meeting online showing the two speaking in hushed tones with their heads close together.
In the video, the Saudi prince can be heard telling the French president "Don't worry", to which he replies, "I am anxious".
Saudi senior royals have not demonstrated an ability to reduce the influence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS); King Salman has continued backing his son.
At the end Macron can be heard saying: "I am a man of my word".
French President Emmanuel Macron also spoke to the prince about the killing Khashoggi, his office confirmed.
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Putin faces worldwide criticism for allegedly ordering the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and seizing Ukrainian ships and their crews near Crimea.
Their embrace comes amid reports that Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia have reached a pact to cut oil production when the Opec cartel meets on Dec 6 in Vienna, to help shore up collapsing crude prices. Mr. Trump told reporters Friday the reason he wasn't meeting with the crown prince in Argentina was that his staff never set it up.
According to Corker, though, the Khashoggi case was not about the United States relationship with Saudi Arabia but American values.
There has been widespread condemnation and public outrage over attacks on sites such as school bus and hospitals, where Yemeni civilians, including children, have died.
Mr. Trump canceled his previously scheduled meeting with Putin on Thursday after he was briefed on the incident.
"They exchanged pleasantries at the leaders' session as he did with almost every leader in attendance", the White House official said on Friday.
Ms Merkel said she would address the Russia/Ukraine stand-off during their discussions, a crisis she has blamed "entirely" on Russia.