In an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya, Essebsi explained that the founding king advised the late Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba to adopt the politics of stages, which is the policy now pursued by Tunisia at present.
The Saudi crown prince is expected to arrive on Tuesday as part of a tour of several Arab countries on his first trip overseas since Khashoggi's murder.
The crown prince last visited Egypt in March to sign economic agreements, including those pertaining to a bridge between the Sinai and the Saudi mainland, a joint economic zone, and efforts to join the electricity grids of both countries.
Human Rights Watch has urged Argentine prosecutors to consider bringing criminal charges against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is due to join world leaders in Buenos Aires this week for the G20 summit.
The journalists' union has hung a banner on its building showing an image of the crown prince holding a bone saw and reading "no to the desecration of Tunisia".
Later this week, world leaders, including the Saudi crown prince, are expected to convene at the global summit.
The complaint also accuses the crown prince and Saudi government of torture of Saudi citizens.
Saudi Arabia has said the crown prince had no prior knowledge of the killing.
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A separatist group, Balochistan Liberation Army, has reportedly claimed the attack, but there is no official confirmation on it. The operation, which was carried out one-and-a-half years ago, had left several BLA terrorists dead, according to sources.
He was reportedly dismembered in what Saudi Arabia said was a "rogue" operation, but Central Intelligence Agency analysis leaked to the United States media pointed the finger at the crown prince.
In a historic move, the Crown Prince visited the Cathedral of St. Mark in Abbasia, where he met with Pope Tawadros II and church leaders.
In a press conference held in the People's National Assembly, following a hearing to assess the situation of the energy sector, Guitounistressed that "the visit conveys Mohammad bin Salman's brotherly relationship with the President of the Algerian Republic, and will not be linked to fluctuating oil prices, which have lately been rising and falling irregularly".
"It was premeditated murder", he told the German newspaper, rather than a last resort after they failed to convince him to return to Saudi Arabia.
Tunisia was a strong Saudi ally under Ben Ali but ties have since been strained at times.
Another irritant is that moderate Islamists have been sharing power with secularists in Tunisia since 2011.
Even if the request is not accepted, it will cause further embarrassment for the crown prince when he arrives in the city for the summit.