Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Protests as Saudi crown prince visits Tunisia

Protests as Saudi crown prince visits Tunisia

Saudi Arabia's de facto leader, who flew in from Cairo, met with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi before they dined together with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.

He has travelled to the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in recent days, and was expected Tuesday in Tunisia - where unions and human rights organizations have called for protests against his visit.

"The decision to build a nuclear power plant in the kingdom is the result of serious research that confirmed the need for this step", Saudi energy expert Said al-Shahrani told Sputnik.

"The stability and security of Saudi Arabia is an integral part of Egypt's security", Sisi said. Saudi Arabia also faces a hard situation in which it is necessary to call on true friends.

Saudi Arabia has been put under intense global pressure over the killing and has brought charges against a number of suspects, while denying the crown prince was involved.

"I never thought I'd see the day a White House would moonlight as a public relations firm for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia", Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote on Twitter after Trump's comments on Tuesday.

National security adviser John Bolton also said that the Group of 20 summit "is full to overflowing at this point", referring to meetings with the leaders of Germany, Japan, Argentina, India and South Korea.

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.

"Argentine prosecutorial authorities should scrutinize Mohammed bin Salman's role in possible war crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition since 2015 in Yemen", HRW director Kenneth Roth said.

"He is coming to this country to dirty it, and acquire a false legitimacy", Tahar Yahya, of the Tunisian Order of Lawyers said Monday night.

The Crown Prince arrived earlier tonight.

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 banner reads, "No to the desecration of Tunisia".

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.

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

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