After Khashoggi killing, Saudi prince seeks to rebuild image overseas


Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi underscored the strength of ties between the two countries, and called Saudia Arabia's security and stability "an inseparable part of Egypt's national security". Moreover, Corker said that they may look at "additional legislation" targeting the crown prince, potentially even by attaching spending legislation Congress must clear by December 7.

Tunisians demonstrate with saws, placards reading "You are not welcomed" and showing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Tuesday Nov.27, 2018 in Tunis.

Before Egypt, Prince Mohammed had visited the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as part of his tour and will travel to Tunisia before heading to Argentina for the Group of 20 summit November 30.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), a vocal critic of the president, blasted the bombshell statement Trump issued last week in defense of Saudi Arabia, calling it "very weak".

The crown prince faced an early rebuke during his stopover in Tunisia, where hundreds of protesters gathered late Monday to protest his visit.

The crown prince heads to a Group of 20 summit in Argentina this week amid worldwide pressure over the killing.

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Other Republican senators, including Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul and Bob Corker, have been vocal about their belief of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince's involvement in Khashoggi's killing.

Trump shocked US lawmakers and world leaders when he vowed to maintain a partnership with Saudi Arabia, despite mounting evidence that MBS ordered the assassination of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who had criticized the crown prince.

"Argentine prosecutorial authorities should scrutinize Mohammed bin Salman's role in possible war crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition since 2015 in Yemen", said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch.

"Starvation must not be used as a weapon of war against Yemeni civilians", the statement said.

Despite the global outrage sparked by Khashoggi's killing, the crown prince has been emboldened in recent days by Trump's vocal support for him. In 1985, an Israeli air raid on the headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organization south of the capital killed more than 30 people, including Tunisian citizens.

TRUMP: It's a very important ally, and if we go by a certain standard, we won't be able to have allies with nearly any country, okay?

Moroccan media have speculated on the reason for the snub, with Morocco World News quoting a government source as saying King Mohammed VI had declined to meet with the Saudi leader, citing a "busy schedule".