ISLAMABAD – Pakistani officials say the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been delayed by a day. Without giving any explanation for the delay, the Foreign Ministry says Prince Mohammad will now arrive in Islamabad on a two-day visit on Sunday and that his program remains unchanged. The crown prince is expected to sign investment agreements worth billions of dollars. He will also travel to neighboring India amid heightened tension between Islamabad and New Delhi over this week's attack on a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 41 people. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi blamed Pakistan for Thursday's bombing.
Tunisian politicians and civil society groups have expressed their rejection of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's upcoming visit to Tunisia. The visit is part of Prince Mohammed's first tour abroad since the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, which has widely been blamed on the crown prince. Saida Qarash, a spokesperson of the Tunisian government, confirmed the visit of Prince Mohammed, also known as MBS, on November 27 via a local radio station. The crown prince arrived in Abu Dhabi late on Thursday and is due to visit other countries in the region, including Bahrain and Egypt, where he will be warmly received by allied leaders who have stood firmly by his side amid international outrage over the murder of Khashoggi. MBS will also attend the G20 Summit in Argentina at the end of this month, where he will likely come face-to-face with world leaders, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has implicitly accused the crown prince of being behind the killing.
Khashoggi, who had written critically about the prince, went missing on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. After denying any knowledge of his death for weeks, Saudi authorities eventually settled on the explanation that he was killed in an operation aimed at forcibly bringing the writer back to the kingdom. Saudi prosecutors say the plan was masterminded by two former advisers to the crown prince. The kingdom denies the crown prince knew of the plot.
BANGKOK – Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will ascend Thailand's throne on Dec. 1, following the death of his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a senior palace official said Thursday. The official said preparations for his ascension are ongoing. The crown prince is currently in Germany and will return home later this month. He is set to ascend the throne following approval by an extraordinary session of parliament. A coronation ceremony is expected to be held after the late king's cremation, around a year after his death.