Tunisian activists protest against Saudi Crown prince visit

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Hundreds of Tunisians staged the first protests of the Arab world against Saudi Arabia's crown prince as he arrived on a visit on Tuesday, denouncing him as a murderer involved in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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.

On a regional visit, the Saudi crown prince had visited to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, with a stop in Tunisia scheduled after Cairo.

In Cairo, small crowds of Egyptian supporters chanted slogans in favor of Crown Prince Mohammed, as government officials, including President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, gave him a strong welcome, in what was being billed as his sixth visit to the country since his father became king in 2015.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been bastions of the entire region. However, the Trump administration has been reluctant to further punish the Saudi government, citing alliance significance and Saudi Arabia's purchase of US military equipment.

"The crown prince's attendance at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires could make the Argentine courts an avenue of redress for victims of abuses unable to seek justice in Yemen or Saudi Arabia", the statement continued.

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

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The crown prince's visit to Cairo is an important step in promoting strategic relations between the two countries.

In a meeting with the Saudi media delegation, chairman of Egypt's Supreme Council for Media Makram Mohamed Ahmed said that coordination between Egypt and Saudi Arabia is important on all levels to protect joint interests and defend Arab national security.

"He is coming to this country to dirty it, and acquire a false legitimacy", Tahar Yahya, of the Tunisian Order of Lawyers said Monday night.

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

Khashoggi's murder has also led to increased scrutiny of Saudi Arabia's role in Yemen's devastating war.

In its petition, HRW highlighted almost 90 "indiscriminate and disproportionate airstrikes on civilians" in which the US -backed Saudi coalition has "hit homes, markets, hospitals, schools and mosques" across Yemen.

"A decision by Argentine officials to move toward investigation would be a strong signal that even powerful officials like Mohammed bin Salman are not beyond the reach of the law".

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