Tunisians protest planned visit of Saudi crown prince

Wednesday, 28 Nov, 2018

Lindsey Graham told Axios he try to punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman if the Central Intelligence Agency has in fact determined that MBS was likely responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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. Moreover, Corker said that they may look at "additional legislation" targeting the crown prince, potentially even by attaching spending legislation Congress must clear by December 7.

Almost 100 Egyptian journalists have announced their rejection of the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Cairo. The Saudi journalist is believed to have been killed soon after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month, and his body was then dismembered and disposed of.

The prince is expected to fly on to a G20 summit in Argentina later this week.

Saudi Arabia "is not an ally that deserves this kind of military intervention, especially because there's been no connection between the safety of the American people and our involvement in this war", he said.

A new oil pipeline was launched on Monday during a ceremony that was attended by leaders from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

His killing was blamed on the Israeli national intelligence agency Mossad.

In addition to the horror the kingdom has inflicted on Yemen at the direction of the crown prince, who serves as the Saudi defense minister, the case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi-born US resident who was killed by Saudi agents last month, could factor into potential Argentine charges against MbS as well.

"Tunisian civil-society groups are organizing protests against bin Salman's scheduled visit on Tuesday", Sakina Abdel Samad, a member of the Tunisian Journalists' Syndicate, told reporters on Monday at the syndicate's Tunis headquarters.

"We refuse to turn Tunisia into a destination to whitewash war crimes", she said.

On Tuesday, hundreds more demonstrators carried placards reading: "No to polluting revolutionary Tunisia" and: "The murderer is not welcome", in marches organised by youth and women's rights groups.

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.

Saudi analyst Mohammed Alyahya said that over the past two years many state institutions in the kingdom were marginalized in favor of a quicker, ad hoc decision-making process led by people with newfound power.