Saudi crown prince arrives in Egypt on third leg of Arab tour

Saudi crown prince arrives in Egypt on third leg of Arab tour

Saudi crown prince arrives in Egypt on third leg of Arab tour

Dozens of Tunisian rights activists and journalists staged a small protest on Monday against a planned visit by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Tunisia and Saudi Arabia have very different political systems.

Journalists erected a huge banner at their union showing the prince with a saw, which Turkish sources have said was used to dismember Khashoggi in Istanbul.

Riyadh initially claimed Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed on October 2, before ultimately admitting he was murdered in what officials said was a "rogue" operation.

"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.

Erdogan has said the killing was ordered by the highest level of Saudi leadership but ruled out that it had come from King Salman, putting the spotlight instead on the 33-year-old crown prince.

The crown prince departed Tunisia on Tuesday evening after a visit of several hours, Al Arabiya television said, and is expected to fly on to a G20 summit in Argentina.

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

The group also urged world leaders to help bring him to justice in order not to be surprised by a new Khashoggi incident in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere.

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

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. "We don't want the money of a regime whose hands are stained with blood".

In March 2018, Prince Salman visited Cairo for the first time since his appointment as Crown Prince. It read: "No to the pollution of the Tunisian revolution".

Tunisia is one of the few Arab states where demonstrations are allowed, following a 2011 uprising that toppled veteran ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and ushered in freedom of speech and the press.

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.

The focus of the Human Rights Watch complaint is the Saudi-led war in Yemen. It's unclear whether Tunisian authorities will take action on the complaints.

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