Tunisian politicians and civil society groups have expressed their rejection
of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s upcoming visit to Tunisia.
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
"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.
Tunisia’s Journalists: MBS is true enemy of free expression
Tunisian activists are asking a court to bar Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin
Salman from visiting the North African country in protest over the killing
of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Tunisia’s Journalists Syndicate issued a statement condemning the visit and
labeling Prince Mohamed a "true enemy of free expression.” The activists say
they will hold a protest if he does come, Bloomberg mentioned.
On his Facebook page, the head of the Tunisian Journalists’ Syndicate, Naji
Al-Baghouri, criticized the crown prince’s visit saying: "Khashoggi’s blood
is still warm, the murderer Bin Salman is not welcome in the country.”
Objections to the visit, which has also been criticized by Tunisians on
social media, casts a shadow over Saudi efforts to move beyond the Khashoggi
controversy and show it’s business as usual.
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.”
Bin Salman aims to get out of his isolation
By visiting Tunisia, the group said Bin Salman aims to "get out of his
isolation” following the widespread criticism he has faced on charges of
involvement in the assassination of Khashoggi, juancole mentioned.
The visit is part of Prince Mohammed’s first tour abroad since the killing
of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul,
which has widely been blamed on the crown prince.
Saida Qarash, a spokesperson of the Tunisian government, confirmed the visit
of Prince Mohammed, also known as MBS, on November 27 via a local radio
A world tour to enhance diplomatic relations with Saudi partners
Appearing to have put behind him the tense backlash of the Jamal Khashoggi
saga, the Saudi crown initiated a scheduled series of diplomatic trips which
the Saudi royal court has called "a world tour to enhance diplomatic
relations with Saudi partners”.
The crown prince arrived in Abu Dhabi late on Thursday and is due to visit
other countries in the region, including Bahrain and Egypt, where he will be
warmly received by allied leaders who have stood firmly by his side amid
international outrage over the murder of Khashoggi.
Nothing certain about the date and the agenda of MBS visit to Algiers
Quoting Algerian diplomatic sources, Algiers-based outlet TSA reported
that authorities in the North African country "are preparing to host the
Saudi crown prince in December.” While nothing certain has been shared about
the date and the agenda of MBS’ visit to Algiers, "there is one certainty:
the Saudi prince will soon come to Algeria,” the newspaper wrote.
The President of Algerian Islamist party Society for Peace (MSP), Abderrazak
Makri, has strongly opposed Saudi Crown Prince’s intention to include
Algeria in his world tour.
Bin Salman’s visit to Algeria is neither in "favor” of the country’s image
In his party meeting held, Makri said that the Saudi Crown Prince is
responsible for " the death of children and civilians of Yemen, the
imprisonment of many preachers, jurists and men of culture in the Kingdom
and, most recently, the assassination” of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal
Khashoggi. Quoted by Algerian news outlet TSA,
Makri said that bin Salman’s visit to Algeria is neither in "favor” of the
country’s image "nor to its reputation.” He added that MBS is "attempting to
reassure Algeria about the drop in oil prices”. Algeria is among oil
producing countries affected by the drop in oil prices.
Morocco absence from the Saudi’s itinerary
Meanwhile, Morocco, a traditionally strong Saudi ally, is conspicuous by its
absence from the Saudi’s itinerary, leading to concerns over where the two
kingdoms stand with each other in terms of strategic bilateral ties. In the
buildup to the 2026 World Cup bidding process in June, Saudi Arabia sparked
uproar in Morocco. In addition to voting for the US-led North American bid,
the Saudi kingdom rallied a number of Arab countries in smashing Morocco’s
World Cup aspirations.
In the meantime, observers suggested that Riyadh’s anti-Moroccan sentiments
at the time were meant to punish Rabat for failing to follow suit with other
Arab countries in the latest Persian Gulf crisis that saw Saudi Arabia set
up a blockade against Qatar.
MbS on Arab tour to push normalization with Israel
An Arab affairs analyst says an ongoing tour of Arab countries by Saudi
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MbS, is meant to normalize
relations with Israel. Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm
news and opinion website, said US President Donald Trump’s latest remarks
suggest that through the trip, Riyadh is actually seeking to promote normal
ties between Arab states and Tel Aviv, pressTV reported.