Saudi deputy crown prince gives Al Arabiya first-ever TV interview

The wide-ranging television interview will coincide with the announcement of Saudi Arabia’s 2030 vision

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Al Arabiya News Channel has obtained an exclusive and first-ever television interview with Prince Mohammed bin Salman – Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince, defense minister and head of the council of Economic and Developmental Affairs (CEDA).

The wide-ranging television interview, which is the first-ever given by Prince Mohammed, has been taped and will air on Monday, April 25. The airing will coincide with the announcement of Saudi Arabia’s 2030 vision.

The vision is an ambitious and comprehensive roadmap spearheaded by the prince himself which is expected to include various economic and social aspects. Among the contents of the vision is the highly-anticipated National Transformation Plan.

In a series of interviews given recently to US news outlet Bloomberg, the kingdom’s deputy crown prince has pledged to end his nation’s dependence on oil and diversify its economy. He also confirmed that he intends to make parts of state oil giant Saudi Aramco (the world’s biggest oil company, of which he is chairman) listed as an IPO. Prince Mohammed also announced that the kingdom would grow a $2 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest.

Tomorrow’s interview will tackle several aspects of the deputy crown prince’s plans, among them are the full details of Saudi’s 2030 vision. The interview was conducted by Al Arabiya’s general manager and veteran TV journalist Turki al-Dakhil.

Al Arabiya English, the English-language website of Al Arabiya News Channel, will carry a translated version of the interview shortly after airing.

To watch full interview, click here

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