Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Khashoggi backers oppose Saudi prince's G20 appearance

Khashoggi backers oppose Saudi prince's G20 appearance

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.

The protests were a rare occurrence for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto ruler who faces no overt criticism at home and who received lavish receptions earlier in his tour in visits to Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

The crown prince last visited Egypt in March to sign economic agreements, including those pertaining to a bridge between the Sinai and the Saudi mainland, a joint economic zone, and efforts to join the electricity grids of both countries.

Erdogan and Prince Mohammed will attend the G20 meeting in Argentina later this week.

In an apparent attempt to avoid embarrassing the prince, the presidency only invited photographers to cover his visit.

She wouldn't rule out "interaction" with the crown prince during the summit that opens Friday.

The Tunisian journalists' union sent a letter to the president calling it an "attack on the principles" of the 2011 revolution that brought democracy and freedom of expression to Tunisia.

Under the title "No to polluting revolutionary Tunisia", Tunisian journalists and 12 civil society organisations held a press conference on Monday at the headquarters of the syndicate, condemning their government for hosting bin Salman, who they held responsible for Khashoggi's death. Saudi Arabia also faces a hard situation in which it is necessary to call on true friends.

"We submitted this info to Argentine prosecutors with the hopes they will investigate MbS' complicity and responsibility for possible war crimes in Yemen, as well as the torture of civilians, including Jamal Khashoggi", said HRW's Middle East and North Africa director Sahara Leah Whiston. Some critics have likened the Tunisian Ennahda party to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in Saudi Arabia.

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.

Tunisia was a strong Saudi ally under former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali but ties have since been strained at times.

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