Trump meets with Saudi crown prince on infrastructure, Iran

Trump meets with Saudi crown prince on infrastructure, Iran

In a remarkable development, US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman have discussed defence deals, security cooperation and investment in US, while a group of senators attempted to force a vote on a bill to curb American support to Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.

As I said before, when it comes to the missiles and the planes and all of the military equipment, there's nobody that even comes close to us in terms of technology and the quality of the equipment.

Prince Mohammed has consolidated power and is likely to rule for many decades if he succeeds his father.

Trump produced charts to show the depth of Saudi purchases of USA military hardware, ranging from ships to missile defence to planes and fighting vehicles.

Government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said in a statement Tuesday that the Iraqi government announces all official visits, noting that "the Iraqi government is open to all brotherly and friendly countries and to strengthen its relations according to common interests".

In a December telephone call, Trump asked King Salman to contribute $4 billion to reconstruction and stabilization efforts in parts of Syria cleared of the Islamic State and thought he had gotten a Saudi commitment, The Washington Post reported last week. Some members of Congress have been critical of the Saudi campaign, particularly the humanitarian situation and civilian casualties. A Saudi-led coalition is fighting to counter the influence of Iran, an ally of the Houthi militia, who deny any help from Tehran and say they are fighting a revolution against corrupt politicians and Gulf powers in thrall to the West.

The crown prince said Saudi Arabia has made a decision to double its investment in USA businesses to $400 billion in just one year. He said a 10-year window for implementing the deal was already under way.




The visit has got lot to do with aligning Saudi Arabia and USA strategically against Iran, he noted. "We believe that the opportunities are huge", he said.

Trump and the crown prince looked past the two countries' differing views about waging war in Yemen as they came together for an Oval Office meeting and working lunch.

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

Trump praised the 32 year old crown prince, popularly known as MBS, for his new role he gained after the grand political shake-up a few months ago in the desert peninsula of Saudi Arabia.

He gave CBS's 60 Minutes an interview, which aired on Sunday, doing his best to come off as a progressive leader, and Saudi officials have been doing the rounds with US media to emphasize Saudi Arabia's disdain for Iran, its chief rival in the region.

Officials said they expected Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, to take part in some of the meetings.

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