Tunisians protest over visit by Saudi crown prince

Wednesday, 28 Nov, 2018

Saudi Arabia has said the crown prince had no prior knowledge of the killing of the Washington Post columnist at Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul last month.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi greeted the heir to the throne of the world's top oil exporter at the airport in Cairo when he arrived from Bahrain after a visit to the United Arab Emirates.

In his Sunday appearance on CNN, Schiff emphasized his concern about Trump's financial ties to the kingdom, and the possibility that these interests could play a role in the president's foreign policy.

In the House, Democrats are promising to tackle the Khashoggi matter when they take over the majority next year and are openly questioning whether Trump's defense of the crown prince is motivated by self-interest.

Tunisians demonstrate with saws, placards reading "You are not welcomed" and showing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Tuesday Nov.27, 2018 in Tunis.

"I left my children without lunch today and came down to this street, the street of the revolution, to say "No" this murderer and to urge Arab leaders to save the innocent children of Yemen", said Latifa, a stay-at-home mother, preferring to go only by her first name. The Saudi journalist, who was a US resident and contributor to The Post, was killed and allegedly dismembered with a bonesaw by a team of Saudi agents after he entered the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

The crown prince was accompanied by the Tunisian president, in an official motorcade, to Cartage presidential Palace.

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Prince Mohammed visited Abu Dhabi Thursday as he began his first tour overseas since the murder of the Saudi journalist in October.

After an overnight stay in the Egyptian capital, he is expected to end his regional tour in Tunisia on Tuesday.

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

"In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

Trump also noted that the disruption of arms sales to Saudi Arabia would be "foolish" as that would open up opportunities for the Chinese and Russians to strike deals for selling military equipment to the Saudis.

The crown prince has found a backer in President Donald Trump, who has called the Khashoggi murder abhorrent but stressed bin Salman's denials of complicity as well as the interdependent economic relationship between the us and Saudi Arabia. Bob Menendez are already working on sanctions against Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's killing, Axios reports.