Saudi Crown Prince Visiting Arab Allies

28 November, 2018, 05:45 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud meets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi in Cairo Egypt on 27 November 2018

Dozens of Tunisian rights activists and journalists staged a small protest on Monday against a planned visit by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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.

They then headed to the presidential palace in Carthage, outside Tunis, for closed-door talks, the only scheduled activity during the brief visit by the prince, who was on a tour of Arab countries before heading to the Group of 20 summit in Argentina.

"The stability and security of Saudi Arabia is an integral part of Egypt's security", Sisi said.

The official welcome contrasted with hostile protests by non-governmental representatives and leftist political parties with more than 200 protesters on Tuesday to cries of "Tunisia is not for sale".

Saudi Arabia has repeatedly said the prince had no knowledge of the killing, which Turkey says was carried out at the Saudi consulate by a squad of 15 Saudi agents which included a member of Prince Mohammed's security team.

Upon receiving him, Essebsi said the Saudi royal was "not merely a guest of Tunisia, he is at home here", stressing the importance of their countries' ties.


Protesters raised a large poster which depicted the Tunisian president pouring water on the bloodied hands of the Saudi crown prince - suggesting Tunisian complicity in washing away guilt.

His group tried to seek a court order blocking the prince's visit.

In recent years, Saudi Arabia has been planning to begin building a nuclear power plant with the help of USA technology, but earlier this year, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said that the US was not the only option for the Kingdom when it comes to developing nuclear energy projects. It read: "No to the pollution of the Tunisian revolution".

Prince Mohammed's current tour comes ahead of his participation in the G20 summit in Argentina, starting on Friday.

Since the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprising, which unseated several entrenched rulers in the region and triggered turmoil, Tunisia has undergone a democratic transition and is one of the few Arab countries to allow protests.

The focus of the Human Rights Watch complaint is the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Argentina has not issued any official comment on HRW's request.

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