Saudi Crown Prince in United States visit

The two leaders will also discuss Saudi Arabia's nuclear ambitions, an issue that has created some tension recently between Israel and the United States, according to news reports.

As Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, often called MbS, visits the United States this week to meet with President Donald Trump and reaffirm USA support for his nation's bombing of Yemen, human rights advocates are raising alarms about the "public-relations tour" and yet another round of US weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman meets US President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence in Oval Office.

He has also led a controversial campaign against perceived corruption by detaining a group of Saudi officials, including princes, for months in the Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman visits Washington on Monday to kick off a two and a half week visit to the United States.

Last year, the Trump adminstration lifted arms sales regulations on Saudi Arabia, and MbS's trip is largely seen as a ploy to guarantee a continuation of the steady stream of US weapons and support to the Saudis. "All actions taken were in accordance with existing and published laws".

The kingdom is a longtime ally of the United States, but Moscow has sought to broaden its sphere of influence in the Middle East and has become an increasingly powerful political force in the region. In the past, Saudi Arabia has burned over 1 million barrels of oil per day for power generation during seasonal peaks. "We keep talking about all this shale oil production, but it's not really showing up that much in global inventories; they continue to be tight", Flynn said.

As we do with every presidential administration, we are focused on maintaining our close working relationship. "Unfortunately, instead of talking about the serious humanitarian situation and how they could end the war, they'll be talking about Yemen as a case where they can both confront Iran", Khoury said, referring to the crown prince's meeting with Trump.

"We are all human beings and there is no difference", he said when asked about gender equality in the kingdom.

Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety - as long as their attire is "decent and respectful", the kingdom's reform-minded crown prince said.

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The Russian veto of the United Nations resolution in February outraged US officials, who say there was a mountain of evidence showing that Iran had provided missiles to the Houthis, the insurgent group fighting a Saudi-led military intervention that seeks to restore the Yemeni government. That isn't credible. The Saudi-led coalition would have a hard time continuing the onslaught without American assistance, which has included air-to-air refueling, arms, intelligence assessments and other military advice.

"I can't imagine that the United States will accept one day to have a militia in Mexico launching missiles on Washington D.C., NY and LA while Americans are watching these missiles and doing nothing".

When Mohammed meets with President Trump at the White House on Tuesday, they will probably see eye-to-eye on Iran, Riyadh's longtime foe. "Its army is not among the top five armies in the Muslim world". He needs Western investment to diversify the Saudi economy. He then adds: "If you think you can just applaud his anti-Iran stance and religious reforms and all will work out fine, you're wrong". Bin Salman's visit is coming at precisely the time when the Senate is embroiled in a debate over Resolution 54, a bipartisan resolution that would end the unauthorized U.S. military participation in the Yemen conflict.



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