Tunisian activists protest against Saudi Crown prince visit

Hugh Fox
November 28, 2018

In an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya, Essebsi explained that the founding king advised the late Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba to adopt the politics of stages, which is the policy now pursued by Tunisia at present.

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

Tunisian journalists on Monday put up a huge banner at their union showing the prince with a chainsaw, which Turkish sources have said was used to dismember Khashoggi in Istanbul.

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"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 USA 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.

Prince Mohammed had arrived in Egypt on Monday night.

The Middle East and nuclear weapons is a combination that always draws media attention, just as it did earlier this year, when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told CBS in an interview that "Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible".

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

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.

Saudi Arabia offered refuge to the autocratic ruler that Tunisians overthrew in 2011, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and democracy activists have denounced Riyadh's refusal to extradite him. It read: "No to the pollution of the Tunisian revolution".

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"A decision by Argentine officials to move toward investigation would be a strong signal that even powerful officials like Mohammed bin Salman are not beyond the reach of the law", Roth said. Saudi Arabia also faces a hard situation in which it is necessary to call on true friends. Some critics have likened the Tunisian Ennahda party to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in Saudi Arabia. The four accused Doha of supporting terrorism and Iran - charges Doha denies. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.

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