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UAE, Qatari crown princes congratulate newly-appointed counterparts

On Wednesday, Saudi King Salman appointed his nephew and son as his top deputies

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The crown princes of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and the deputy emir of Qatar visited Riyadh on Thursday to congratulate the newly appointed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef and deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the state-run Saudi press agency reported.

The UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces accompanied Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai on the visit.

Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Thani also arrived on the same day, with a number of senior officials.

Both groups were met at Riyadh Airbase Airport by Riyadh region governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz.

On Wednesday, Saudi King Salman appointed his nephew, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as the new crown prince, and his son and Defense Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as deputy crown prince.

This comes amid a series of reappointments across the kingdom’s cabinet which saw the appointment of Ambassador to the U.S. Adel al-Jubeir - who is not a member of the royal family - as the new foreign minister.