Khashoggi killing: Saudi prince greeted with Tunisia protests

Manuel Balce Ceneta | AP

The action comes as Crown Prince Mohammed seeks to move on from the worldwide controversy surrounding the murder of a journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, at a Saudi Consulate last month in Istanbul.

He is planned to hold talks with President Sisi on ways to boost bilateral relations as well as on political issues of common concern in light of the strategic partnership binding the two countries.

In the House, Democrats are promising to tackle the Khashoggi matter when they take over the majority next year and are openly questioning whether Trump's defense of the crown prince is motivated by self-interest.

The visit is the fourth stop on the Crown Prince's tour of Arab nations which has so far taken in Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt.

"It's inconsistent with the intelligence I've seen", Lee said.

Riyadh initially claimed Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed on October 2, before ultimately admitting he was murdered in what officials said was a "rogue" operation.

"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", Roth said.

The crown prince has found a backer in President Donald Trump, who has called the Khashoggi murder abhorrent but stressed bin Salman's denials of complicity as well as the interdependent economic relationship between the USA and Saudi Arabia.

Graham's position opposes that of Trump, who announced last week that he would stand with Saudi Arabia.

They have called for a strong United States response to the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the war in Yemen, which has created one of the world's most urgent humanitarian disasters.

He is also set to travel to the Tunisian capital on Tuesday, a presidential source in Tunis told AFP.

Administration officials are set to brief US lawmakers on intelligence findings related to Khashoggi's killing on Wednesday, and senators in both parties have signaled support for sanctions against Riyadh.

"I don't know why he's siding with the Saudis, " the Republican senator said of Trump.

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

Graham also said this: "It's important that we back up the intel community if we think they're right".

Last week Nourredine Ben Ticha, adviser to 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.

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