Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

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After a stop at the G20 summit in Argentina, Prince Mohammed resumed his tour Sunday by traveling to Mauritania before heading to Algeria. After offering numerous contradictory explanations, Riyadh later said Khashoggi had been killed and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.

Al Jazeera's Rob Matheson reports from Amman.

The Saudi crown prince is due to meet top Algerian officials to discuss bilateral relations and developments in the oil market as well as a couple of worldwide issues, according to a statement from the Algerian Presidency Office.

Saudi state TV showed footage of the crown prince's plane arriving in Nouakchott.

The Saudi crown prince's tour is his first since Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, was killed early October inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Khashoggi's killing has put mounting pressure on Riyadh and MBS, who Turkish officials - and reportedly the Central Intelligence Agency - have concluded was behind Khashoggi's death.

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Algerian Energy Minister Mustapha Guitouni said the prince "is welcome in his second country".

In a statement obtained by AFP, 17 prominent journalists and intellectuals sharply criticised the Saudi leader.

It said Prince Mohammed was "responsible for the death of a large number of children and civilians in Yemen" as well as that of Khashoggi.

Louisa Hanoune, head of the opposition Workers' Party, described his visit as a "provocation".

He said Ankara has shared this evidence with all countries who requested it, including the United States, Britain, Germany and Saudi Arabia.

Speaking to reporters at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Erdogan said that solving the Khashoggi killing would also be in the interest of the Saudi monarchy.

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