Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in Algeria

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in Algeria

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent about a dozen messages to the leader of the team that killed dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in the hours before and after the journalist's death in October, according to a top secret Central Intelligence Agency assessment.

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

Before attending the G20 summit, he visited the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia.

The prince also met on Saturday with Italy's Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, and reviewed bilateral relations, SPA said.

He added that the murder had been a test for the whole world, but insisted he did not want to damage the Saudi royal family.

Erdogan said the Saudis have refused to help Turkish prosecutors with information on the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body and the identities of accomplices said to have supported the visiting Saudi hit squad.

The kingdom has acknowledged that its operatives killed Khashoggi, but it says the operation was not authorised by the crown prince and was undertaken by rogue actors.

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James Dorsey, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, has called that the G20 summit the final trial for the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

At home, Saudi Arabia's media trumpeted Mohammed bin Salman's meetings with world leaders, tweeting pictures of his encounters, which also included the presidents of South Korea, Mexico, and South Africa.

Putin said he had agreed with Prince Mohammed to renew a pact on cutting oil production by their two nations, the world's leading exporters of crude.

Saudi Arabia has been a major provider of economic assistance to Mauritania since the days of King Faisal, who visited the North African country in 1972, 12 years after it gained independence from France.

The CIA claims Prince Mohammed told associates in August 2017 they "could possibly lure [Khashoggi] outside Saudi Arabia and make arrangements" if the Washington Post columnist refused to return to the kingdom from the US.

Abderrazak Makri, head of the Islamist Movement of Society for Peace, told reporters the Crown Prince's visit "does not serve Algeria's image nor its reputation".

In his first column for the newspaper, Khashoggi said he feared being arrested in an apparent crackdown on dissent overseen by the prince since. Saudi Arabia's acknowledgement that the journalist had been killed in a fight inside the consulate came after two weeks of denials and growing pressure from Western allies to provide explanations.

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