Argentina considers charges against Saudi crown prince over Yemen war, Khashoggi murder

The killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of the crown prince, has strained Saudi Arabia's ties with the West.

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, right, greets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman upon his arrival at the presidential palace in Carthage near Tunis, Tunisia, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.

Bahrain's King Hamad praised strong ties between the two countries as he launched the AB-4 pipeline to celebrate over 70 years of bilateral energy cooperation, Xinhua news agency reported.

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.

Local civil-society groups plan to organize demonstrations on Monday evening to protest an expected visit the following day by Saudi Crown Prince M. bin Salman.

On his tour's first stop, in the United Arab Emirates, the Saudi prince was embraced on the tarmac by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, a close ally. The Saudi journalist is believed to have been killed soon after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month, and his body was then dismembered and disposed of.

"In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

Prince Mohammed visited Abu Dhabi Thursday as he began his first tour overseas since the murder of the Saudi journalist in October.

A dozen Tunisian non-governmental organisations issued a joint statement saying the visit is aimed at cleaning up Prince Mohammed's image after the Khashoggi death, and denounced "flagrant violations of human rights and repressive practices against freedom of speech" in Saudi Arabia. "We ought to be able to tell the American people, yes, it's true or no, it's not".

Said al-Shahrani noted that Saudi Arabia is ready to emulate the experience of the world leaders in the field of nuclear energy.

While a number of high-ranking Saudi officials have since been implicated in his murder and the ensuing attempted cover-up, the Kingdom has strongly denied any involvement of the Crown Prince.

On Tuesday, hundreds more demonstrators carried placards reading: "No to polluting revolutionary Tunisia" and: "The murderer is not welcome", in marches organised by youth and women's rights groups.

"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.

Tunisian officials stressed the "historical and fraternal" relations between Tunis and Riyadh, adding that the region would suffer if Saudi Arabia, a regional power, was destabilised by Prince Mohammed's removal.