Saudi Arabia’s powerful 32-year-old crown prince is coming to America. Here’s what we know

  • Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives in the United States on Monday for a multicity trip.
  • The powerful 32-year-old royal will focus on shoring up U.S.-Saudi ties and discussing investment opportunities between the two nations.
  • Salman is expected to seek to ease investor concerns over harsh tactics that have accompanied his effort to launch social and economic reforms in the kingdom.

President Donald Trump (R) meets with Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the Oval Office at the White House, March 14, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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President Donald Trump (R) meets with Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the Oval Office at the White House, March 14, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince arrives in Washington this week, kicking off a multicity trip through the United States to shore up U.S. ties and seek investment opportunities as the kingdom overhauls its oil-dependent economy.

The trip is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s first since replacing his cousin as Saudi Arabia’s king in waiting last year. It also follows his controversial arrest of hundreds of wealthy Saudis, including princes, officials and businessmen in November.

The trip will be a crucial test of the 32-year-old Salman’s ability to justify to wary investors the harsh tactics that have accompanied his social and economic reform efforts. It also lays the groundwork for a U.S. visit later this year by his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi embassy in Washington DC said on Sunday.

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