Turkey says Saudi crown prince has asked to meet Erdogan at G20

Turkey says Saudi crown prince has asked to meet Erdogan at G20

Troy Powers
November 28, 2018

The killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of the crown prince, at Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul six weeks ago has strained Saudi Arabia's ties with the West and battered Prince Mohammed's image overseas.

The Egyptian presidency said the prince is due to arrive in Cairo later on Monday for talks with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

He had held talks on Sunday with King Hamad.

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 Tunis protests were accompanied by statements from the Tunisian journalists' union and a dozen non-governmental organisations decrying Prince Mohammed's visit as an "attack on the principles" of the Arab spring that bought democracy and freedom of expression to Tunisia.

The Saudi crown prince is visiting Tunisia on Tuesday as part of a tour of several Arab countries on his first trip overseas since Khashoggi's murder, which has strained Saudi Arabia's ties with the West and battered his image overseas.

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

Schiff previously told The Washington Post in an interview published on Friday that the House of Representatives would launch an investigation into Trump's personal financial ties to Saudi Arabia when Democrats take over the legislative body in January.

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Some 288,000 people took part in Saturday's protests, the ministry said, with scores under way on Sunday. By evening, 1200 protesters remained in the Place "protected by police", the Interior Ministry said.

Prince Mohammed was greeted with a ceremonial reception and both the Saudi and Tunisian national anthems were played and a guard of honor expected. "The intelligence I've seen suggests that this was ordered by the crown prince and is yet another reason why I've been pushing.to get us out of fighting Saudi Arabia's civil war effort in Yemen against the Houthis".

The crown prince faced an early rebuke during his stopover in Tunisia, where hundreds of protesters gathered late Monday to protest his visit.

Tunisia also has strong ties with Turkey, whose relations with Saudi Arabia have been strained by the Khashoggi killing.

A Senate aide said Haspel is not scheduled to be involved in Wednesday's briefing, which will take place at 11 a.m. EST.

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

"Certainly if foreign investment in the Trump businesses is guiding USA policy in a way that's antithetical to the country's interests, we need to find out about it", he told the newspaper.

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.