Saudi Crown Prince US visit likely to emphasize economics over politics

Monday, 19 March 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) arrives in Washington for the start of a two-week tour of the United States. His trip coincides with a Congressional push to end US support for the war in Yemen, considerable criticism of the Trump-Saudi relationship within policy circles, and questions about whether the US-Saudi strategic partnership, historically built on the premise of trading American military might for Saudi oil, has become an anachronism.Within the context of these debates, ...

Ali al-Shihabi

Saudi Crown Prince leaves Riyadh on official visit to Washington

Monday, 19 March 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud left Riyadh on Monday on an official visit to the United States, during which he will meet with the President Donald Trump and a number of officials to discuss bilateral relations and discuss issues of common concern. The official visit to Washington will be the final leg of his maiden tour as Saudi Arabia’s crown prince after he visited Egypt and Britain during the past month. The meeting between Trump and Crown Prince Mohammed ...

Saudi nuclear bomb justifications

Monday, 19 March 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman dropped a bombshell when he said Saudi Arabia will develop nuclear weapons if Iran builds a nuclear bomb. Before this week, Saudi Arabia’s strategy was either based on not letting Iran develop nuclear weapons, via international negotiations and pressure, or depending on the international community – which we know is not reliable – to deter it. Saudi policy has now changed. Prince Mohammed bin Salman chose CBS to announce the ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Saudi Crown Prince addresses ‘naïve’ power grab accusations

Monday, 19 March 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has addressed accusations that the anti-corruption campaign launched in the kingdom last year was a move to consolidate power.A three-month-old probe, in which dozens of top officials and businessmen were detained by investigators, closed with some $100 billion in illicit assets seized.Speaking in his first interview with a US media outlet, Prince Mohammed was asked by CBS This Morning’s Norah O’Donnell whether it was a power grab.He responded: ...

Saudi Crown Prince says black abayas not obligatory ‘decent attire’ for women

Monday, 19 March 2018

In his first televised interview with a US media outlet, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed women’s rights and the black gown, or “abaya,” traditionally worn by Saudi women. The young royal told CBS This Morning’s Norah O’Donnell that women should be free to choose their interpretation of decent attire, and that this should not be limited to the black abaya. “The laws are very clear. It’s stipulated in the laws of Sharia that women wear decent ...

Saudi Crown Prince to meet with heads of Apple, Google during US tour

Monday, 19 March 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman will meet with global executives, including the heads of Apple and Google, during his upcoming trip to the US, a person briefed on the trip’s details told Bloomberg. The prince may also visit movie industry executives in Los Angeles. His visit may also include stops in New York, Boston, San Francisco and Houston, the source added.  

US to deepen strategic relations with Saudi Arabia during Crown Prince visit

Monday, 19 March 2018

US President Donald Trump will host Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, in Washington on Tuesday, giving the president a receptive audience to denounce Iran and a chance to take stock of significant changes the Crown Prince is engineering in the Kingdom.The official announcement by the White House about the visit indicates the US keenness to deepen strategic relations with the Kingdom based on the economic and investment as well as political and security ...

Saudi Crown Prince slams ‘harmful’ Iran for sheltering Osama bin Laden’s son

Monday, 19 March 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s highly-anticipated interview on CBS’s 60 minutes aired on Sunday night in which the young royal spoke on a wide-range of topics, including the link between al-Qaeda and Iran. The television interview, the first in which he is addressing an American audience, was broadcast two days before the crown prince’s meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington. Co-host of CBS This Morning Norah O'Donnell bagged the exclusive interview, in ...

OPINION: The morphing of religious cultures into extremism

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

In April 1998, Saudi King Fahd bin Abdulaziz paid a visit to the region of Al-Qasim region, which lies in the center of the kingdom. Days earlier, the king’s portraits had been displayed in the main streets of Buraidah, Al Qasim’s capital. It had been eight years since the visit to Al-Qasim paid by King Fahd’s predecessor, King Khaled. Changes had transpired — for the worse — which Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman referred to last September when noting the ...

The significance of Mohammed bin Salman’s foreign tour

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Although the first foreign tour of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has not ended yet, it has already become the subject of discussion among people of the region and the countries he visited so far. The tour’s three stops are Egypt, the Arab ally, Britain, the old European ally, and the US that remains the most important international ally. These countries were carefully selected for the trip, as they are supporters of the future vision and great aspirations of the Saudi Crown Prince ...

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

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