Tunisian activists and politicians have called for protests against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s upcoming visit to Tunisia.
Rabat – Bin Salman is set to arrive in Tunisia on November 27, as part of his first tour abroad since the assassination of prominent Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Bin Salman, also known as MBS, is being widely viewed as the main culprit in giving the green light for Khashoggi’s assassination.
Tunisian government spokesperson Saida Qarash confirmed MBS’ visit to Tunisia via a local radio station, adding that her country condemns Khashoggi’s murder and calls for revealing the truth.
Hundreds of people are expected to gather in front of the presidential palace in Carthage to express their opposition to MBS’s visit to the country, Tunisian activist Tarek Kahlawi told Al Jazeera.
“It is a shame that Tunisia, which has witnessed a democratic transition and a revolution against tyranny and dictatorship, will receive a criminal whose hands were stained with the blood of Saudis and Yemenis,” he was quoted by Al Jazeera as saying.
Hamma Hammami, spokesperson of the main opposition party, Popular Front, also denounced MBS’s visit and considered it as a “provocation to the Tunisian people and its revolution and principles.”
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On the other hand, a group of Tunisian lawyers have said they would fill a lawsuit at the request of bloggers and journalists who reject the Saudi crown prince’s visit.
MBS is on a visit to several countries to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s relations internationally and regionally.
Bin Salman arrived to Abu Dhabi on Thursday November 22, and will visit other Arab countries including Bahrain, Egypt, and Algeria.
The Saudi Crown Prince is due to attend the G20 summit in Argentina at the end of November, where he will meet with the world leaders, including the Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has accused him of being implicated in Khashoggi’s murder.