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Mohammed bin Salman and his historic visit to the US

A report by the New York Times said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “is rewriting Saudi history” through his recent US tour.

This description may be accurate. What’s more accurate is that the Saudi Crown Prince is in his quest to change everything in Saudi Arabia and set things straight.

His tour to the US lasted three weeks in which he met President Donald Trump, top government officials, Congressmen, businessmen, industrial and technological companies’ executives and others. This historic visit was a success and its results will clarify soon.

Some western countries still do not understand Saudi Arabia, and there are some Arab states that are skeptical of these Saudi stances and measures. “Some people” in Qatar are incapable of comprehending what’s happening in the kingdom.

Simply speaking, Saudi Arabia has changed and is different than how it was few years ago; therefore, it’s a must to deal with it in its new form and this is what the US administration has recently realized.

Line of communication between superpower, the US, and Saudi Arabia, one of the most powerful Arab states, is now more open than ever

Mohammed al-Hammadi

Young and ambitious

“These people” do not understand what it means that there is a young and ambitious crown prince in the kingdom which was governed by wise and loyal older men for decades.

Today, there’s a young Crown Prince behind a different and open-minded King, and together they’re taking the kingdom towards a new era with different horizons.

The new Crown Prince rejects the past which led to regression and intolerance, and he believes in his country and in the Saudis’ capabilities. He sees the future ahead of him and is working hard to get rid of all disadvantages of the past.

The kingdom has become a strong decision maker that adopts brave stances. It’s no longer intimidated by intolerant people and it’s no longer dragged backward by skeptics. It’s a kingdom that knows it changed as its real fortune is not oil but the Saudis, “both men and women.”

Visit to France

The Saudi crown prince’s three-week US tour ended two days ago and he’s now visiting France after visiting the UK before the US. It’s clear that his US visit is historic and pivotal and will yield many results and important changes, besides the deals, partnership and agreements reached.

What’s more important is that the US now knows well who Mohammed bin Salman is. The chain of communication between the superpower, the US, and Saudi Arabia, one of the most powerful Arab states, is now more open than ever.

Not only Saudi Arabia, but Arabs and Muslims also needed this Crown Prince’s visit to the US and meetings with all these top officials, businessmen, media personalities and influential figures.

What distinguishes Mohammed bin Salman is that he has a clear vision and the bravery required to make decisions which some see as difficult.

Some decisions may be really difficult but it’s obvious that he is convinced that there’s no backing down on change because it’s the only path to advance and make it to the future with the rest of the world.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Mohammed Al-Hammadi is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad newspaper and Executive Director of editing and publishing at the Abu Dhabi Media Company. He founded and was Editor-in-Chief of the Arabic edition of National Geographic magazine, and has held numerous positions in journalism since joining Al Ittihad in 1994. Al-Hammadi has been a columnist for more than 15 years, including writing a daily column for seven years and producing a weekly political column in Al Ittihad since 2001. He has also worked as a parliamentary editor for seven years, covering the proceedings of the Federal National Council in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to being an active participant on social networks, Al-Hammadi has an interest in new media and is currently working on a project to ease the transition from traditional to digital and smart media. Al-Hammadi has received numerous awards and is a member of a number of organizations and federations. He features regularly in broadcast media as a regional political commentator and has authored several books including Time of Ordeal (2008), The UAE Democracy (2009) and The Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood (2016). Twitter: @MEalhammadi.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 10 April 2018 KSA 00:36 - GMT 21:36
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