Saudi Crown Prince Arrives in Tunisia

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Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, right, greets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman upon his arrival at the presidential palace in Carthage near Tunis, Tunisia, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.

Erdogan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will both attend this week's G20 summit in Argentina.

The Egyptian presidency said the prince is due to arrive in Cairo later Monday for talks with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

"The Saudi media will focus on the official reception", Khashan said.

Tunisia and Saudi Arabia have very different political systems.

Other Republican senators, including Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul and Bob Corker, have been vocal about their belief of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince's involvement in Khashoggi's killing.

Speaking of the prospect of U.S. -Saudi leaders' meeting, Sanders said she would not rule out any interaction, adding that Trump will also meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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.

Crown Prince holds talks with Tunisian President
Crown Prince holds talks with Tunisian President

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.

"But even a small risk of a messy dispute in the Argentinian courts could overshadow a trip previously seen as a chance for the prince to show he remained welcome among world leaders even after the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that he had authorized the killing of Khashoggi", the Herald added, noting that MBS' post-Khashoggi charm offensive has been going fairly well thus far.

"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.

His visit will be the first by a Saudi royal to Tunisia since the 2011 revolution deposed longtime ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia.

Tunisia also has strong ties with Turkey, whose relations with Saudi Arabia have been strained by the Khashoggi killing.

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.

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

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