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Saudi crown prince looks to Asia trip to boost image

Facing fallout in the West over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hopes his upcoming trip to Asia will project an image of business as usual.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured while meeting with the Tunisian president during his arrival at the presidential palace in Carthage on the eastern outskirts of the capital Tunis, Nov. 27, 2018.GETTY/Fethi Belaid

Saudi Crown Prince is traveling to five Asian countries later this month in his first foreign travels since the G-20 summit in Argentina. The Saudis desperately want to portray this as a business as in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul is over. Details of the itinerary have been kept vague, probably for security reasons and fears of hostile demonstrations.

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