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Under-fire Renzi says he will explain Saudi visit

by A.P.

ANSA) – ROME, FEB 1 – Ex-premier Matteo Renzi has promised to explain his controversial trip to Saudi Arabia last week once Italy’s government crisis is over.

Senator Renzi, whose centrist Italia Viva (IV) party triggered the crisis, has come under heavy fire for interviewing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the country’s annual Future Investment Initiative (FII) event in Riyadh.

At one point Renzi said he thought the Middle Eastern country could be the home of a “New Renaissance”.

Critics highlighted the country’s human rights record and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

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