Bin Sal­man landed In Tu­nisa de­spite protests, re­jec­tion

Saudi Crown Prince set to at­tend the Group of 20 sum­mit in Ar­gentina

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Fatma Lotfi

Saudi Crown Prince Mo­ham­mad Bin Sal­man has vis­ited Tu­nisia for a brief visit de­spite protests and calls for can­cel­la­tion over the mur­der of Wash­ing­ton Post colum­nist and Ja­mal Khashoggi at the king­dom’s con­sulate in Is­tan­bul last month.

Bin Sal­man landed in Tu­nisia late on Tues­day ar­riv­ing from Egypt. He was re­ceived by Tu­nisian Pres­i­dent Beji Caid Essebsi, the coun­try’s prime min­is­ter and other top coun­try of­fi­cials.

Ac­cord­ing to the Saudi owned web­site and tele­vi­sion Al Ara­biya, both lead­ers ad­dressed en­hanc­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions as well as other is­sues of com­mon in­ter­est.

Mean­while, the Tu­nisian pres­i­dency re­leased a state­ment about the visit and said that both dis­cussed “en­hanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields in­clud­ing in­vest­ment, eco­nomic, fund­ing, mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion in or­der to counter terrorism and ex­trem­ism.”

How­ever, an­other re­cep­tion was wait­ing for the Saudi Crown Prince in the streets as hun­dreds of pro­test­ers gath­ered in the cap­i­tal Tu­nisia to ex­press their re­jec­tion of the king­dom’s de facto ruler’s visit to their coun­try. De­mon­stra­tors raised large posters with sim­i­lar words writ­ten on them such as “Mo­ham­mad Bin Sal­man is not wel­comed in Tu­nisia.”

Since the sched­ule of Bin Sal­man’s visit was an­nounced, Tu­nisian ac­tivists and jour­nal­ists strongly re­jected his call. Re­ports of can­cel­la­tion cir­cu­lated on Mon­day, as the Egyp­tian pres­i­dency an­nounced he would stay in Cairo for two days, on Mon­day and Tues­day.

In an open let­ter to Essebsi, the Tu­nisian Press Syn­di­cate and an­other 12 NGOs ex­pressed their dis­ap­proval to the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit.

Tu­nisia is the fourth stop in Bin Sal­man’s for­eign tour. He vis­ited the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt where he was warmly wel­comed. He is sched­uled to head to Ar­gentina to at­tend the Group of Twenty G20 sum­mit, where he will likely meet with US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, and Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan.

Bin Sal­man ar­rived in Tu­nisia late on Tues­day com­ing from Egypt

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Egypt

© PressReader. All rights reserved.