Saudi Crown Prince arrives in Tunisia for brief visit

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Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) who arrived in Tunis on Nov.27,2018 for a brief state visit, met with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. It was part of his Arab-Maghreb tour before travelling to Argentina to participate in the G20 summit. Reuters

TUNIS (Xinhua) – Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived here on Tuesday for a brief state visit as part of an Arab-Maghreb tour before travelling to Argentina to participate in the G20 summit.

The Saudi Crown Prince met Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. However, the Tunisian authorities have not provided any details of the visit.

So far, the Crown Prince has visited the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and most recently Egypt. He will also visit Algeria and Mauritania.

This regional tour is his first trip abroad since the murder of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

Ahead of his visit on Monday, dozens of Tunisian rights activists and journalists staged a small protest at the central Habib Bourguiba avenue in Tunis, scene of the mass protests that toppled veteran ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, against his visit over the killing of Mr Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia has said the crown prince had no prior knowledge of the killing of the Washington Post columnist at Riyadh’s consulate in Istanbul last month.

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