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Hundreds of Tunisians take to the streets against Saudi crown prince

28 November, 2018, 05:44 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell of Ky. arrives with Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn R-Texas to speak to the media after a Republican policy luncheon Tuesday Nov. 27 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a personal welcome Tuesday from Tunisia's president who greeted his guest at the airport after two days of protests in the capital that reflected global concern about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Prince Mohammed was welcomed by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on arrival at Tunis airport, the presidency said, and the two went into talks shortly afterwards at Carthage Palace.

The Saudi royal arrived in Egypt on Monday night as part of a regional tour that has seen him visit the UAE and Bahrain, with a stop in Tunisia scheduled after Cairo.

USA media reported earlier that the briefing would also focus on the Saudi role in the death of Khashoggi, and whether to impose further sanctions on the kingdom.

"It was premeditated murder", he told the German newspaper, rather than a last resort after they failed to convince him to return to Saudi Arabia.

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

He was reportedly dismembered in what Saudi Arabia said was a "rogue" operation, but Central Intelligence Agency analysis leaked to the United States media pointed the finger at Prince Mohammed.

The crown prince's visit to Cairo is an important step in promoting strategic relations between the two countries.

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The Saudi-led coalition, which is backed by the US, 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. "We don't want the money of a regime whose hands are stained with blood".

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.

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

Khashoggi's murder has strained Saudi Arabia's ties with the West and affected its image overseas.

The Tunisian journalists' union and a collective of 50 lawyers have filed two legal complaints against the prince for alleged crimes against humanity in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting Shiite rebels, and repression of freedom of expression.

Senators from Donald Trump's own party are also not agreeing to the President's policy of - not rocking the boat with U.S.'s strongest ally in the Middle East. Senator Mike Lee from the Republican Party has called on Congress to take action.

Human Rights Watch has made a similar legal request in Argentina.

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