Saudi Crown Prince Arrives at White House to Meet with Trump


The Senate voted 55-44 Tuesday to table a resolution to stop US military spending that supports Saudi Arabia's combing campaign in Yemen, making the timing for Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman's visit impeccable.

In May a year ago, US President Donald Trump, in his first visit overseas, travelled to Saudi Arabia where Riyadh organised a Muslim states Summit attended by over fifty heads of States.

One board titled "12.5 BILLION IN FINALIZED SALES TO SAUDI ARABIA" displayed photos planes, missiles, tanks, ships and details of military equipment munitions that Saudis has bought from United States manufacturers.

"Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy nation", Mr Trump said as he produced charts detailing the kingdom's acquisitions.

The talks were part of the first visit by the 32-year-old prince to the United States since he became the heir apparent last year to succeed King Salman.

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Henzel continued that Trump expressed the U.S. concerns towards the Iranian attitude that seeks to harm security in the Middle East. He said a 10-year window for implementing the deal was under way.

The crown prince said Saudi Arabia has chose to double its investment in US businesses to $400 billion in just one year. "A lot of bad things are happening in Iran".

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and USA are launching a trilateral security forum to address Iran's "malign activity" in the Middle East and other strategic issues, a U.S. senior administration official said. And we are trying also to tackle new opportunities to prepare the visit of His Majesty as soon as possible, with the new waves of opportunities in the different area.

Trump and the crown prince underscored the strength of US-Saudi ties which suffered under the Obama administration.

Outside of the administration, arms sales to Saudi Arabia are extremely controversial.

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"The Trump administration will not be able to offer the necessary guarantees on any changes to United States law that would reassure Saudi Arabia and the IPO is simply too important to place in jeopardy", said Ayham Kamel of the Eurasia Group, a consultancy.

After his visit to Washington, Mohammed will embark on a nationwide tour, visiting New York, Boston, oil hub Houston, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.

"But Iran has not been treating that part of the world or the world itself appropriately".

"We also talked about the enrichment that they're pursuing and some of the concerns that existed there", Corker said, touching on a disagreement over whether Saudi Arabia should insist on retaining its option to enrich domestic uranium resources under a nuclear cooperation agreement.

Prince Mohammed capped his rapid rise to power last June by replacing his elder cousin Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who had close relationships with USA intelligence and defence circles, as crown prince. "The deal is coming up in one month, and you will see what happens".

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