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Bin Salman’s trip to Jordan postponed

Tehran, � Informed Jordanian sources said on Tuesday hotel booking for Saudi crown prince and members of his delegation has been canceled.

Al Jazeera TV channel had announced, heading a high-ranking delegation, Mohammed bin Salman was scheduled to visit Jordan on Tuesday.

According to Jordanian sources, the reason for the cancellation of the trip remains to be known. Some local sources, however, said Jordan's King Abdullah II's visit to Washington to attend George W. Bush's funeral ceremony can be among the reasons for postponing the trip.

In order to escape the isolation caused by slaying Saudi critic journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Mohammed Bin Salman decided to visit United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria and Mauritania.

His visit to the Arab countries drew fire from all walks of life.

Over 100 Egyptian journalists signed a petition declaring their opposition to the crown prince's visit to their country.

Along the same lines, Tunisia's journalists Union wrote an open letter to the president of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi, pointed to Saudi Arabia's war crimes and violation of human rights and emphasized that bin Salman's visit serves as a mask to hide his brutal crimes, the last of which was murdering Saudi dissident journalist in Istanbul.

Neither all journalists were not allowed to attend the short news briefing nor were reporters allowed to ask questions.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Tunisian protesters took to the streets against the Saudi crown prince, calling him Abu Manshar (the Father of Saw).

Bin Salman was supposed to travel to Morocco as well, but since the North African country announced in lieu of Mohammed VI, The King of Morocco, prince Rashid will welcome the crown prince at the airport, the visit of the Saudi official was canceled.

Rabat-Riyadh relations were damaged after Riyadh refused to support Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup.

After visiting Argentina to attend G20 summit, Bin Salman headed to Algeria, but his visit provoked great controversy and he left the country without any tangible achievement.

Bin Salman has been globally criticized and isolated following the murder of the Saudi veteran writer and journalist.

The Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October second to collect paperwork for his forthcoming marriage, but ended up being killed by 15 Saudi agents with close ties to the crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman who were deployed to Istanbul.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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