Saudi Crown Prince headed to Bahrain as regional tour continues

A presidential source told AFP that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is also expected to travel to Tunis
Saudi Crown Prince headed to Bahrain as regional tour continues
Prince Mohammed began his regional tour at the request of his father, King Salman, according to the Saudi Press Agency which said he would visit "brotherly" Arab countries.
By AFP
Sun 25 Nov 2018 08:37 AM

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was due to visit Bahrain on Sunday on the second leg of a regional tour, according to Bahraini news agencies.

Prince Mohammed, who began his tour Thursday with a visit to Abu Dhabi, will hold talks with Bahrain's King Hamad, the state-run Bahrain News Agency said on Saturday.

Quoting a royal court statement from Manama it said that the Saudi crown prince and King Hamad will discuss the "deep-rooted fraternal and historic relations binding the two brotherly countries and peoples, in addition to (the) latest regional, Arab and international developments".

Saudi Arabia has been facing intense global criticism over the killing of insider-turned-critic Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate on October 2.

He was killed and reportedly dismembered in what Saudi Arabia said was a rogue operation, but CIA analysis leaked to the US media pointed the finger at Prince Mohammed.

Saudi Arabia has warned criticism of the crown prince is a "red line".

On Wednesday Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that calls for the  crown prince to be held accountable for the grisly killing would not be tolerated.

Prince Mohammed began his regional tour at the request of his father, King Salman, according to the Saudi Press Agency which said he would visit "brotherly" Arab countries.

The tour started Thursday in the United Arab Emirates, a close ally.

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

Prince Mohammed is expected to attend the G20 summit in Argentina next week.

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