Mo­hammed bin Sal­man hon­oured by Tu­nisian pres­i­dent on Tu­nis visit

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Tu­nisian Pres­i­dent Beij Caid Essebsi threw a state din­ner on Tues­day for Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man af­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the two coun­tries held work­ing meet­ings to dis­cuss ar­eas of co-op­er­a­tion.

On the fourth leg of Prince Mo­hammed’s re­gional tour be­fore the G20 sum­mit in Ar­gentina to­mor­row, the del­e­ga­tion of princes, min­is­ters and of­fi­cials met their Tu­nisian coun­ter­parts to dis­cuss de­vel­op­ing re­la­tions since the Tu­nisian pres­i­dent’s visit to Riyadh in De­cem­ber 2015.

“[They dis­cussed] ways to strengthen co-op­er­a­tion in a num­ber of … ar­eas, such as the econ­omy and fi­nance, in­vest­ment pro­mo­tion, se­cu­rity and mil­i­tary co-op­er­a­tion to counter the risks of ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism and ex­change ex­pe­ri­ences and ex­per­tise in sci­en­tific and cul­tural fields,” ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial state­ment.

The two coun­tries also dis­cussed Tu­nisia’s prepa­ra­tions to host the 30th Arab League Sum­mit in March next year. The talks came a day be­fore Prince Mo­hammed landed in Buenos Aires for the G20 sum­mit where he was ex­pected to meet Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and world lead­ers days be­fore a meet­ing of Opec and al­lied oil pro­duc­ers in Vi­enna. Riyadh is ex­pected to make a bid for Rus­sia’s co-op­er­a­tion on curb­ing crude out­put next year af­ter oil plunged back into a bear mar­ket.

The Saudi del­e­ga­tion to Tu­nisia in­cluded For­eign Min­is­ter Adel Jubeir, Prince Turki bin Mo­hammed, ad­viser to the Royal Court, Prince Ab­du­laziz bin Saud, min­is­ter of in­te­rior, and the head of gen­eral in­tel­li­gence, Khalid Al Hu­maidan.

The Tu­nisian pres­i­dent awarded Prince Sal­man the Or­der of the Re­pub­lic medal.

Po­lit­i­cal and civil so­ci­ety groups crit­i­cised the Crown Prince’s visit and about 200 peo­ple gath­ered in Tu­nis to protest against his ar­rival.

EPA

Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man with Tu­nisian Pres­i­dent Beji Caid Essebsi on his ar­rival in Tu­nis

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