Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince has hailed United States President Donald Trump as a “true friend of Muslims” and says he does not believe Trump’s controversial immigration ban targets Islam specifically.
A spokesperson from bin Salman’s delegation to the United States said he expressed his “satisfaction with the positive attitude and clarifications he heard from President Trump about his stance on Islam”.
“President Trump has an unprecedented and serious intention to work with the Muslim world and to achieve its interests and Prince Mohammed considers his Excellency as a true friend of Muslims,” Bloomberg quoted the senior adviser to Prince Mohammed as saying.
According to reports, the meeting between the Saudi deputy crown prince and Trump appeared to signal a meeting of the minds on many issues, in a marked difference from Riyadh’s often fraught relationship with the Obama administration, especially in the wake of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Meanwhile, the White House has announced that the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and United States President Donald Trump have discussed potential economic projects worth $200 bln.