Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Arrives in Algeria


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Algeria on Sunday.

After attending G20 summit in Argentina, Saudi Crown Prince arrived in Algeria from Mauritania.

Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia received the Saudi Crown Prince in the capital Algiers, the state news agency reported.

Before the G20 summit, the Saudi Crown Prince of the world’s top oil exporter had visited the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia.

On his way to Algeria he had stopped over in Mauritania, where Saudi Arabia pledged to build a large hospital in the capital Nouakchott, state media said.

The Saudi Crown Prince is on his first trip abroad since the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. This journalist murder incident has strained Saudi Arabia’s ties with the West and battered the Saudi Crown prince’s image abroad.

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Saudi Arabia has said the Saudi Crown Prince had no prior knowledge of the murder. After offering numerous contradictory explanations, Riyadh said last month that Jamal Khashoggi had been killed and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.

Algerian-Saudi investments and trade relations, especially in the oil and petrochemical sectors, will be discussed during the two-day visit, news agency said on Saturday.

Algeria is one of the few Arab countries that has good relations with Saudi Arabia and its arch-rival Iran, both fellow OPEC members.

Algiers also has strong ties with Qatar, with which Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states severed trade and transport ties in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and Iran. Qatar denies the allegations.

Algeria also possess good strategic relationship with Turkey, whose relations with Saudi Arabia have been strained by the Jamal Khashoggi killing.

The Saudi Crown Prince is unlikely to face protests over the murder as he did in Tunisia, as demonstrations are banned in Algiers.

But a group of prominent journalists and intellectuals has written an open letter opposing his visit, saying it is “unethical and politically inappropriate”.


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