Saudi crown prince visits Tunisia amid Khashoggi protests

Alicia Cross
November 28, 2018

Republican senators on Sunday condemned President Donald Trump's decision to stand by Saudi Arabia even after the Central Intelligence Agency determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khoshoggi.

In Cairo, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi praised the "unshakable strategic alliance between Egypt and Saudi Arabia" during the visit, the state daily Al-Ahram reported Tuesday. 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.

On his first stop on the tour, in the United Arab Emirates, the crown prince was embraced on the tarmac by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, a close ally who has reportedly served as a mentor to the 33-year-old royal.

But he said that among the issues that had not been investigated under the Republican leadership of the House "is whether the Russians have been laundering money through the president's businesses and this is the financial hold that the Russians may have".

He said that he had heard the audio recording of the assassination of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Riyadh consulate in Istanbul.

The crown prince heads to a Group of 20 summit in Argentina this week amid worldwide pressure over the killing.

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The Saudi Crown Prince is now in the spotlight due to slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing. The president said last week that he did not believe the CIA's report linking MbS to the murder, a statement cited soon after by the Saudi foreign minister to legitimize claims that the prince was not involved.

They stressed that: "Saudi Arabia is a country that is not governed by the law and does not have a credible and independent judicial system in its principles of justice".

Representative Adam Schiff has hit out at Donald Trump's support for Saudi Arabia, arguing that authoritarian leaders and despots will see the president's response to the high profile murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as giving them a pass.

But many Tunisians are angry over the killing and suspicions of the prince's involvement.

The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country's infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories.

The kingdom's public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged in the murder, but has said Prince Mohammed had no prior knowledge of the operation.

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