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ARGENTINA | 29-11-2018 06:52

Macron arrives in Buenos Aires as G20 nerves heighten

The French head of state arrives as Argentine security forces begin locking down the capital for one of the biggest and most complex international events the country has ever hosted.

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Argentina on Wednesday evening, as other world leaders and their delegations begin descending on Buenos Aires for the G20 leaders summit, which formally begins Friday.

Macron arrived to Ezeiza International Airport at around 9pm Wednesday, accompanied by his wife Brigitte. They were welcomed by Argentina's Vice-President Gabriela Michetti amid a high-scale security operation.

Michetti was in France last week and had already met with Macron at the United Nations last year. She told reporters she gave the presidential couple a box of chocolates and spoke with them briefly about her recent trip to Paris.

The French head of state arrives as Argentine security forces begin locking down the capital for one of the biggest and most complex international events the country has ever hosted.

Authorities are expecting wide-spread protests and incidents throughout the two-day event.

SAUDI VISIT

Just hours before Macron, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Buenos Aires. 

The prince was received at the airport by Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie, according to local press reports.

The Saudi foreign ministry tweeted video footage of the crown prince getting off a plane in Buenos Aires.

"Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives to Argentina to head the delegation participating in the G20 summit," said a royal court statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Officials said the prince could meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the summit. That would be the first meeting of the two since Khashoggi's brutal killing at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

-TIMES/PERFIL

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