Tunisian activists protest against Saudi Crown prince visit

Tunisian activists protest against Saudi Crown prince visit

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.

A Tunisian presidency statement issued later said Prince Mohammed and Essebsi reviewed ways to improve cooperation on the "economy and finance, investment promotion and security and military cooperation to counter extremism and terrorism".

This was evident from the welcome from Egyptian MPs and some of those who came out to receive the crown prince on the streets of Cairo, either spontaneously or by prior arrangement, which emphasized that Egypt stands by the Saudi Arabian people and leadership.

Riyadh is a close regional ally of Cairo and it has supported Egypt with billions of US dollars and tons of oil supplies to boost the Egyptian economy following the military ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests.

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The New York-based rights group said it had filed a submission with Argentine prosecutors calling on them to invoke the country's universal jurisdiction statute to prosecute the crown prince for alleged war crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

Last week Noureddine Ben Ticha, adviser to Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, said the truth about the killing of the Saudi journalist needed to be established but the incident should not be used to harm the kingdom's stability.

In contrast, Tunisia has since 2011 expanded co-operation with Qatar, with which Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states severed trade and transport ties in June 2017.

Prince Mohammed is expected to attend the G20 summit in Argentina next week.

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.

The official welcome contrasted with hostile protests by non-governmental representatives and leftist political parties with more than 200 protesters on Tuesday to cries of "Tunisia is not for sale".

Argentinian charges regarding war crimes-or even MbS's decision to back out of the G20 summit as potential charges loom-could send a strong message that the crown prince will be held accountable for his actions, even as Trump refuses to cut off support for him in the interest of the pair's business relationship.

Khashoggi's murder has strained Saudi Arabia's ties with the West and affected its image overseas. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.

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