Widespread criticism meets Saudi crown prince in Algeria

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Widespread criticism meets Saudi crown prince in Algeria
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reach in the Algerian capital on Sunday night as part of a tour overshadowed by  brutal murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The strong prince and his large delegation were seen being greeted on a red carpet at Algiers airport by Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and members of his government.

The aim of the trip was to give “new impetus to biliteral cooperation and the realisation of partnerships and investment projects”,  Algerian presidency said ahead of the visit.

Prince Mohammed,well known better as MbS, set off last week on his first foreign tour since the grisly murder of Washington Post columnist Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul

consulate on 2 October.

The Saudi crown prince’s visit to Algeria has drawn bad notices from political and academic circles in the North African country.

It was jointly denounced by 17 intellectuals, journalists, Muslim scholars and other figures in Algeria in a statement get by AFP.

In the experation of view, they said the “whole world is sure that he give the order horrible crime against the journalist Jamal Khashoggi”.

Political parties also expressed opposition to the visit, among them the motion for the Society of Peace (MSP) opposition party.

It said MbS was “responsible for the death of a large number of children and civilians in Yemen” also as that of Khashoggi.

Louisa Hanoune, head of the opposition Workers’ Party (PT), explain his visit as a “provocation”.

 

 Abderrazak Makri, head of the Islamist Movement of Society for calmness, told reporters the crown prince’s visit “does not serve Algeria’s image nor its reputation”.

Among the signatories were writer and journalist Kamel Daoud and prominent novelist Rachid Boudjedra.

Earlier in the day, MbS made a shortly visit to Mauritania where he signed a series of agreements with President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Khashoggi’s killing has put mounting pressure on Riyadh and MbS, who Turkish officials – and reportedly the CIA – have concluded was at the back of the critic’s death.

Saudi authorities have vehemently denied the crown prince was connected with in the murder, although Riyadh has admitted he was killed at the Istanbul consulate.

MbS has in up to the minute days travelled to the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia, before heading to Buenos Aires on Wednesday for the G20 summit.

His visit to Tunis was salute by demonstrations  against Khashoggi’s murder and  war in Yemen.

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