Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Saudi crown prince visits Tunisia amid Khashoggi protests

Saudi crown prince visits Tunisia amid Khashoggi protests

The killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and United States resident, who was a critic of the crown prince, at Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul six weeks ago has strained Saudi Arabia's ties with the West and damaged Prince Mohammed's image overseas.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received on Monday, Nov. 26 Bin Salman upon his arrival at Cairo International Airport.

According to Al-Arabiya, they held closed-door bilateral talks.

The trip, aimed at rebuilding his image and reinforcing ties with allies, promises to offer a contrast to the prince's lengthy tour across the United States in April, where he met Michael Bloomberg, Rupert Murdoch, Disney chief Bob Iger, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Apple's Tim Cook, and former President George H. Bush, among many others.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says the Central Intelligence Agency have made mistakes before and are not to be trusted.

Saudi Arabia has been facing intense global criticism over the killing of insider-turned-critic Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate.

The New York-based rights group said it had filed a submission with Argentine prosecutors calling on them to invoke the country's universal jurisdiction statute to prosecute the crown prince for alleged war crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

Hundreds of Tunisians have been staging the first protests of the Arab world against him, denouncing the kingdom's de facto ruler as a murderer involved in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Graham's position opposes that of Trump, who announced last week that he would stand with Saudi Arabia.

The crown prince - also known by his initials, MBS - arrived in Tunisia on Tuesday evening as part of a regional tour as he makes his way to the G20 summit set to take place in Argentina on Friday. This is not an ally that deserves this kind of military intervention, especially because there's been no connection between the safety of the American people and our involvement in this war. In 1985, an Israeli air raid on the headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organization south of the capital killed more than 30 people, including Tunisian citizens.

"Certainly if foreign investment in the Trump businesses is guiding USA policy in a way that's antithetical to the country's interests, we need to find out about it", he told the newspaper.

Moroccan media have speculated on the reason for the snub, with Morocco World News quoting a government source as saying King Mohammed VI had declined to meet with the Saudi leader, citing a "busy schedule". Furthermore, there are calls from US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis for a peaceful resolution and ceasefire in Yemen, even though reports have emerged that the U.S. may be taking a step back from a ceasefire in Yemen due to the fear of angering Saudi Arabia, who is a key ally of the US.

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