Mohammed bin Salman: Visit to US aims to draw investors to Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in an interview for the Washington Post that his visit to the United States aims to attract investors to Saudi Arabia.

He explained that his main task in America is to win the confidence of US investors in his country, as well as bring technological and educational support to back the reform efforts in the kingdom.


"If we solve the problems of the Middle East, the region will become a new Europe," Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in his interview with the editors of the Washington Post on Friday before leaving the US capital where he spent four days.

"Saudi Arabia has five percent of the world's uranium reserves, and not using our uranium is like quitting using oil," he said.

With regard to Yemen, he stressed that the Kingdom had spared no effort to improve the humanitarian situation.

As for the US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he said it was a painful move.

Islam is moderate and there are those who try to hijack it

Prince Mohammed bin Salman also discussed his reform efforts at home, including granting women many rights such as driving and more, stressing that he worked hard to convince the conservatives that such restrictions are not part of the Islamic faith.

"I think Islam is rational, moderate and easy and there are those who are trying to hijack it," he explained.

Kushner and promoting of the Kingdom

Prince Mohammed said that his relationship with President Trump's son in law, Jared Kushner, comes within the frame of communication between the governments of the two countries.

"We do not use Kushner to promote the kingdom in America," he said. "My relationship with Kushner is in the normal context of communication between governments, and I also have good relations with Vice President Mike Pence and others in the White House."

Media reports has suggested that Kushner, the son-in-law of the US president is "in the Crown Prince's pocket"

Campaign against corruption

The crown prince pointed out that the campaign of recent arrests, which came within the efforts to combat corruption, is an internal issue that has been in scope over the years.

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