Crown prince seeks Saudi image makeover on grand US tour

Crown prince seeks Saudi image makeover on grand US tour

Top Photo | President Donald Trump shows a chart highlighting arms sales to Saudi Arabia during a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Washington.

U.S. concerns were raised after a host of Gulf nations, including Saudi Arabia, cut ties with Qatar past year, and accused leaders in the country of backing terrorist organizations. Both the leaders praised the strength of US-Saudi ties, which had grown sour during Obama administration because of different perceptions about Iran. Last week, Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, an advocate of staying in the accord, choosing Mike Pompeo, the current Central Intelligence Agency director and nuclear deal critic, as a replacement. Prince laughed on the way Trump was describing the defence deals between the two countries.

"You are more than the Crown Prince now", Trump told Prince Mohammed. And I miss your father.

It's a message that has earned MBS admirers in the United States, as he allowed women to drive and opened movie theaters shuttered since the 1980s.

Crown Prince, spoke at least ten sentences without break in English language. Saudi Arabia signed billions of dollars of deals with US arms manufacturers and energy companies, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, General Electric, Exxon Mobil, Halliburton, Honeywell, McDermott International, Jacobs Engineering Group, Rowan Companies, National Oilwell Varco, Nabors Industries, Weatherford International, Schlumberger, and Dow Chemical. He said a 10-year window for implementing the deal was already under way.

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"We are the oldest ally of America from the Middle East", MBS said, "with more than 80 years of alliance and big interests - politically, economically, security. The foundation of the relation is really huge and deep". "The deal is coming up in one month and we'll see what happens".

The US Senate lent additional support by blocking a resolution seeking to end US support for the Saudi campaign in Yemen's civil war. "Still, it was a sign to the Saudis, who have places all their eggs in the Trump administration's basket, that not all of Washington is on their side". Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen.

The US leader had initially sided with the Saudis, echoing their allegations that the Qataris finance extremism and terrorism around the region.

Breitbart News reported in September that the "Sunni Saudi Arabia-owned Al Arabiya television channel is expected to air a documentary accusing Shiite Iran of lending support to al-Qaeda jihadists involved in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States homeland".

"This is not the real Saudi Arabia", MBS said when asked by CBS News about the repressive version of Islam many outsiders associate with the Kingdom.