Saudi Crown Prince Visiting Arab Allies

28 November, 2018, 05:42 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Tunis Demonstrators shout slogans and hold up signs as they protest the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Tunisia.—AFP

The president said last week that he did not believe the CIA's report linking MbS to the murder, a statement cited soon after by the Saudi foreign minister to legitimize claims that the prince was not involved.

In an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya, Essebsi explained that the founding king advised the late Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba to adopt the politics of stages, which is the policy now pursued by Tunisia at present.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is encountering something in Tunisia that he doesn't see often: public anger.

He also said that the visit of Prince Mohammed to Egypt in March this year and the current visit would constitute a major boost in relations between the two brotherly countries on various levels.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks in Tunisia on Tuesday as hundreds of protesters rallied against his visit, urging justice over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and condemning the Yemen war.

On Monday, an inquiry into Mohammed bin Salman's possible involvement in war crimes was opened in Argentina, ahead of the G-20 summit of world leaders he is expected to attend later this week.

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The complaint also accuses the crown prince and Saudi government of torture of Saudi citizens.

Saudi Arabia offered refuge to the autocratic ruler that Tunisians overthrew in 2011, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and democracy activists have denounced Riyadh's refusal to extradite him.

The Saudi-led coalition, which is backed by the USA, since 2015 has carried out scores of "indiscriminate and disproportionate airstrikes on civilians and civilian objects in Yemen", Human Rights Watch said in its statement. The banner reads, "No to the desecration of Tunisia".

Saudi Arabia's plans to build a nuclear power plant will speed up the Kingdom's economic development as it would diversify its over-reliance on crude oil, a Saudi energy expert told Sputnik in an interview on Tuesday.

Mohammed's visit is part of a tour of several Arab countries, his first trip overseas since Khashoggi - a sharp critic of Mohammed - was killed inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2, triggering global condemnations. Some critics have likened the Tunisian Ennahda party to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in Saudi Arabia.

Even if the request is not accepted, it will cause further embarrassment for the crown prince when he arrives in the city for the summit. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.

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