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The killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of the crown prince, at Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul six weeks ago has strained Saudi Arabia's ties with the West and battered Prince Mohammed's image overseas.

According to Al-Arabiya, they held closed-door bilateral talks.

Dozens of Tunisian rights activists and journalists staged a small protest in the capital Tunis on Monday against Prince Mohammed's planned visit over the Khashoggi killing.

The Crown Prince began his regional tour in the UAE on Thursday, meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

I disagree with the president's assessment.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Bahrain's Cabinet and the Shura Council praised the high-level visit by the Saudi crown prince and said it reflects strong bilateral ties.

"It is impossible that I embark on a tour in North Africa without touching down in Tunisia", the crown prince told Al Arabiya News Channel.

Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince has met with the king of Bahrain in the second leg of his first tour overseas since the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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The UK has also been blasted for its continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia as it conducts its brutal war in Yemen.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will brief the US Senate on Wednesday on the latest developments related to Saudi Arabia, Senator John Cornyn, the number two Senate Republican, told reporters on Monday.

"Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event ― maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"

"American people and our involvement in this war", said the senator.

On Tuesday, hundreds more demonstrators carried placards reading: "No to polluting revolutionary Tunisia" and: "The murderer is not welcome", in marches organised by youth and women's rights groups.

In this May 20, 2017, file photo, US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The US was once a great country with principles, but those are hardly in evidence these days in the era of Trump and his divided self-serving cabal.

Cavusolgu said, however, that the final decision is up to Erdogan.

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