Guardian: Saudi Crown Prince Embarks on Tour to Woo Foreign Leaders

Saudi artists paint a mural portrait of King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R), and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, during the 32nd Janadriyah Culture and Heritage Festival, held on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh on February 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Fayez Nureldine (Photo credit should read …
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Saudi Arabia’s young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is touring key capitals this week as part of a charm offensive as his own father the Sultan ages and prepares for a transition of power, reports The Guardian.

They report:

Saudi Arabia’s heir in waiting, Mohammed bin Salman, has embarked on his first trip abroad, a three-country visit with stops in Cairo, London and New York that aims to press his credentials on a wary global stage.

When he arrives in London on Wednesday, Prince Mohammed will be received as head-of-state-in-waiting, and will travel to Windsor Castle for a dinner with the Queen. As a senior member of Britain’s most important trading partner in the Middle East, he will also arrive with a twin agenda: as head of a lucrative trade mission, and as a leader looking for validation after a chequered debut year in foreign affairs.

The 32-year-old crown prince’s international debut follows one of the most extraordinary periods in the country’s modern history, a time of overhaul at home and upheaval in the region.

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