"It's inconsistent with the intelligence I've seen", Lee said.
"This is the first such project in the kingdom", Said al-Shahrani noted, adding that Riyadh wants to diversify the sources of the country's income and reduce its dependence on oil thus speeding up the country's economic development.
Prince Mohammed was greeted with a ceremonial reception and both the Saudi and Tunisian national anthems were played and a guard of honor expected.
Hundreds of people gathered earlier on Tuesday on Habib Bourguiba avenue in the capital Tunis and chanted slogans calling for the overthrow of the crown prince.
"No to the desecration of Tunisia, country of the revolution" read a large banner displayed over the weekend at the journalists' union, depicting a man in traditional Saudi dress holding a chainsaw with his back to the camera.
"We are not here to support the Qatari-Turkey axis over the UAE-Saudi Arabia axis", Arous said, in reference to an ongoing diplomatic spat that began a year ago when a Riyadh-led quartet imposed a blockade on Qatar. His remains have yet to be found.
After initially saying he had left the consulate alive, the Saudi administration admitted weeks later that he was killed there.
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Lavrov called the incident a "clear provocation" by Kiev and accused the European Union of "blind support" for Ukraine. At this time Russian Federation closed Kerch strait with a "grounded" tanker at the bridge from Azov Sea side.
Administration officials are set to brief USA lawmakers on intelligence findings related to Khashoggi's killing on Wednesday, and senators in both parties have signaled support for sanctions against Riyadh.
Prince Mohammed visited Abu Dhabi Thursday as he began his first tour overseas since the murder of the Saudi journalist in October.
Trump's contention that "maybe he did, maybe he didn't" order the killing appears to have helped pave the way for the crown prince's return to global forums.
Corker also said that there could be action in his committee as soon as Wednesday on Saudi Arabia, though senators are still discussing what legislative proposals could come up during that meeting.
He could also get an icy reception from other leaders at the G-20.
Cornyn also said he thought the Senate would vote on a Yemen resolution introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders seeking to pull back any United States support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
"Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's answer was "'Let's see'", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tells a German newspaper.
The UK has also been blasted for its continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia as it conducts its brutal war in Yemen.