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Bin Salman, who has been struggling over the past weeks to get rid of a scandal over the gruesome murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, arrived in Algeria late Sunday for a two-day visit after a stop in Mauritania.

After meeting with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia yesterday, the two sides announced the formation of a Saudi-Algerian coordination council, which will oversee a series of joint initiatives.

Before the summit, the heir to the throne of the world's top oil exporter had visited the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia.

His visit to Tunis was greeted by demonstrations against Khashoggi's murder and the war in Yemen.

'I will not be surprised that the oppression will reach even those who are cheering him, then others and others and so on.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks up to the microphones to speak to members of the media after leaving a closed-door meeting about Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The Journal also reported on Friday that in August 2017 MBS had told associates if his efforts to persuade Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia were unsuccessful "we could possibly lure him outside Saudi Arabia and make arrangements".

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The CIA has rated its assessment that Mohammed was involved in the killing at "medium-to-high confidence", and privately, officials have said it is inconceivable that the prince, who exercises total authority over the government, could not have known about such an audacious operation.

Saudi Arabia has charged 11 people with the murder, but there is no suggestion it is ready to send them to Turkey.

On Monday, the Algerian presidency said in a statement that Bouteflika had been unable to receive the visitig Saudi crown prince due to "acute flu".

"The more victims he eats, the more he wants", Khashoggi said in a message sent in May. Intelligence agencies of the United States shared information.

CNN International had reported that Khashoggi had exchanged more than 400 WhatsApp messages with Montral-based Omar Abdulaziz, a critic of MBS, in the year before he was killed. "I'm glad you're overseas and you are safe", Abdulaziz wrote to Khashoggi following the interception of their messages by Saudi in August.

Abdulaziz said that their, and the Saudi government's, greatest weapon was Twitter.