President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as they and other leaders gather for a group photo at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Saudi crown prince feted at G20 despite criticism elsewhere

June 28, 2019 - 7:52 am

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — For many he's an international pariah, but you wouldn't know it by the lavish reception Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has received at the G-20 summit this week.

He beamed as he stood front and center, sandwiched between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for a group photo Friday. He exchanged an impish grin as he sat down next to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He posed with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and a group of flag-waving kids ahead of an earlier signing ceremony for $8 billion in deals.

Even as rebukes pile up elsewhere, some leaders in Osaka have gone out of their way to make sure the prince feels comfortable.

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