Historical photos of King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud's visit to Egypt

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US President Donald Trump said last week Washington would remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi Arabia despite saying that Prince Mohammed may have known about the plan to murder Khashoggi.

In an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya, Essebsi explained that the founding king advised the late Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba to adopt the politics of stages, which is the policy now pursued by Tunisia at present.

After visiting Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, the crown prince went to Tunisia, where protesters denounced him for his alleged involvement in the killing of a Saudi journalist.

The crown prince told Tunisian state television that Saudi Arabia has long had good relations with Tunisia, adding, "I can not come to North Africa without visiting Tunisia.Tunisia's president is like my father".

President Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin but not with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 summit this week, the White House said Tuesday.

Prince Mohammed is not exposed to this kind of protest back home, where he's engaged in a crackdown targeting business leaders, human rights activists and other royals.

In March 2018, Prince Salman visited Cairo for the first time since his appointment as Crown Prince.

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Since the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprising, which unseated several entrenched rulers in the region and triggered turmoil, Tunisia has undergone a democratic transition and is one of the few Arab countries to allow protests.

In a historic move, the Crown Prince visited the Cathedral of St. Mark in Abbasia, where he met with Pope Tawadros II and church leaders. The banner reads, "No to the desecration of Tunisia".

Under the title "No to polluting revolutionary Tunisia", Tunisian journalists and 12 civil society organisations held a press conference on Monday at the headquarters of the syndicate, condemning their government for hosting bin Salman, who they held responsible for Khashoggi's death.

In recent years, Saudi Arabia has been planning to begin building a nuclear power plant with the help of USA technology, but earlier this year, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said that the US was not the only option for the Kingdom when it comes to developing nuclear energy projects. The kingdom granted exile to Ben Ali, who flew to Jeddah on the Red Sea after his ousting, resisting calls by some Tunisian parties to hand him over.

Saudi Arabia has been facing intense global criticism over the killing of insider-turned-critic Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate. The four accused Doha of supporting terrorism and Iran - charges Doha denies.

Even if the request is not accepted, it will cause further embarrassment for the crown prince when he arrives in the city for the summit.

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