Saudi Crown Prince Arrives in Tunisia

Marcus Newton
November 28, 2018

Asked about the prince's visit, Tunisian government minister Selma Elloumi said he is "welcome" in Tunisia and stressed "historical and fraternal" relations between the countries.

Travelling overseas for the first time since the killing, the crown prince is visiting allies in the Middle East before heading to a Group of 20 summit in Argentina this week, where he may face questions about the gruesome slaying.

The trip is his first overseas since the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Kingdom's Istanbul consulate on October 2.

A huge banner depicting the prince carrying a chainsaw - a reference to his alleged involvement in Khashoggi's gruesome murder and reported dismemberment at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul - was unfurled over the Tunisian journalists' union building.

A recipient of Gulf aid and investment, Tunisia has officially avoided taking a side in the dispute. "It would be one thing if he said 'this is what has happened but nonetheless we need to maintain a relationship with the kingdom, but that is not what he is doing", Schiff said.

"I don't know why he's siding with the Saudis, but I think there are things we can do to change our relationship with the Saudis notwithstanding whatever his personal motivations might be", Lee added. Children are dying as well as the hunger, poverty and misery in Yemen.

"Tunisia is pure now".

"The visit to Tunisia is really about Iran and guaranteeing that Tunisia is on Riyadh's side when it comes to confronting Iran", he said.

Earlier in the day, protesters marched through the central Habib Bourguiba avenue in the capital Tunis, on the second day of demonstrations against the Saudi crown prince's visit to Tunisia.

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

He must now decide if the constitutional definition of universal jurisdiction-which generally allows states to claim authority over crimes committed elsewhere-applies.

According to the source, the Moroccan king decided his country was not ready to host the crown prince "at such a critical juncture", the report said.

Details of the plan have not yet been announced but media reports have suggested that the USA had offered the Palestinian Authority a Jerusalem suburb as an alternative to East Jerusalem for the capital of a future Palestinian state. "This is wrong for the Tunisian state and for the Arab Spring".

But Tunisians' anger towards Israel goes beyond a pro-Palestinian sentiment. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

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.

Egyptian activists and journalists have condemned the visit.

In this photo released by the Egyptian presidency's office, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo, Nov. 27, 2018.

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