Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is to buy a controlling stake in Japanese developer SNK. [216], A former Saudi intelligence chief and senior member of the Saudi royal family, Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, dismissed the CIA's reported finding that Mohammed bin Salman ordered the journalist's killing, saying that "The CIA has been proved wrong before. [222][223][224] The prince denied in an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes, aired on 29 September 2019, any personal involvement in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, adding that "once charges are proven against someone, regardless of their rank, it will be taken to court, no exception made", but said that he had to take "full responsibility for what happened". [55] The change of succession had been predicted in December 2015 by an unusually blunt and public memo published by the German Federal Intelligence Service,[56][57] which was subsequently rebuked by the German government. [102][103] In a further effort to boost the tourism industry, in November 2017 it was announced that Saudi Arabia would start issuing tourist visas for foreigners, beginning in 2018. Saudi Arabia denies crown prince met with Netanyahu, or any Israeli. He also said, "The crown prince [of Saudi Arabia] is so toxic, so tainted, so flawed. The Royal Standard of the Crown Prince consists of a green flag, with an Arabic inscription and a sword featured in white, and with the national emblem embroidered in Silver in the lower right canton. ", "Saudis' Image Makers: A Troll Army and a Twitter Insider", "Saudi 'Mr. [27], Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud was born on 31 August 1985. "[66], Another hypothesis was that the purge was part of a move towards reform. [219], In June 2019, a UN report linked bin Salman to the assassination. [158][159][160] Coalition airstrikes during the intervention have resulted in thousands of civilians killed or injured,[161] prompting accusations of war crimes in the intervention. 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The Trump administration is considering granting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman legal immunity from a federal lawsuit alleging that he … On 2 March 2013, the chief of the Crown Prince court Prince Saud bin Nayef was appointed governor of the Eastern Province and Prince Mohammed bin Salman succeeded him in the post. Mohammed bin Salman believed that Hariri was in the pocket of Iran-backed Hezbollah, which is a major political force in Lebanon. [253][254], Mohammed has travelled extensively around the world, meeting with politicians, business leaders and celebrities. Vision 2030 plans to reform Saudi's economy towards a more diversified and privatised structure. [247][248][249][250] This report has been denied by the auctioneer Christie's, the Embassy of Saudi Arabia,[251] and the Government of the United Arab Emirates, which has announced that it is the actual owner of the painting. [259], On 25 December 2020, as part of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health’s national COVID-19 vaccination plan, the Crown Prince was shown receiving the vaccine in a video released by the Saudi Press Agency. Did you know? [199] Saudi Arabia denied the accusations and Salman invited Turkish authorities to search the building as they "have nothing to hide". One hypothesis for the arrests was that they were part of a power grab on the part of Salman. [89] In April 2015, Prince Mohammed bin Salman was given control over Saudi Aramco by royal decree following his appointment as deputy crown prince. [53] The IMCTC's first meeting took place in Riyadh in November 2017 and involved defence ministers and officials from 41 countries. The Haramain Express is 450 km line travelling up to 300 km/h that can transport around 60 million passengers annually. [122] Bin Salman's plans to raise capital for the sovereign wealth fund included selling off shares of Saudi Aramco, the state-owned petroleum and natural gas company,[90] with the capital to be re-invested in other sectors such as to implement the diversification plans. Prince Khalid bin Sultan is another handsome Arab prince who is keenly interested in fashion arts and music. Walid also tweeted that Loujain refused the offer proposed by Saudi authorities and “immediately ripped the document”.[154]. "[215] On 5 December 2018, UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet asked for an international investigation to determine who was behind the journalist's murder. An Israeli government official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held his first ever known meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on … [82][83] It has been heavily influenced by the views of his former adviser Saud al-Qahtani[84][85] and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed. Prince Mohammed holds a bachelor's degree in law from King Saud University. ", "In blocking arms to Yemen, Saudi Arabia squeezes a starving population", "UN receives nearly $1 billion from Saudi Arabia and UAE for humanitarian response to Yemen crisis", "Saudi Arabia says it intercepts Houthi missile fired toward Riyadh, no reported damage", "Britain's red carpet for the Saudi ruler is shameless", "Saudi Arabia planned to invade Qatar last summer. Every day, the Saudi monarchy's unrestrained despotism makes it harder for its public relations teams to spin the fairy tale of 'reform' to allies and international business. In 2019 Saudi cabinet approved a new residency scheme (Premium Residency) for foreigners. [36], On 23 January 2015, King Abdullah died, Salman took the throne and Prince Mohammed bin Salman was appointed minister of defence. For other uses, see, Princess Sarah bint Mashhoor bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. [120][121], The first measures undertaken in April 2016 included new taxes and cuts in subsidies, a diversification plan, the creation of a $2 trillion Saudi sovereign wealth fund, and a series of strategic economic reforms called the National Transformation Programme. [100][101] The announcement followed plans to develop a 34,000 square kilometre area across a lagoon of 50 islands on Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coastline into a luxury tourism destination with laws on a par with international standards. [195] In response to Canada's criticism, Saudi Arabia expelled Canada's ambassador, and froze trade with Canada. Another GOP Senator Bob Corker said that the prince "ordered, monitored, the killing" and "If he were in front of a jury, he would be convicted of murder in about 30 minutes. [47][51][52], In response to the threat from ISIL, In December 2015 Prince Mohammed established the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC), a Saudi-led Islamic alliance against terrorism. He worked as a consultant for the Experts Commission, working for the Saudi Cabinet. [139][140], Among those detained in a wave of arrests in September 2017 were Abdulaziz al-Shubaily, a founding member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA); Mustafa al-Hassan, an academic and novelist; and Essam al-Zamel, an entrepreneur. [252] The current location of the painting is unknown. [137], According to human rights groups, arrests of human rights activists have risen under Mohammed bin Salman. [260], Mohammed advocates fiscal austerity and leads a "crackdown on corruption and self-enrichment".[246]. [13] He legislated against some elements of Saudi Arabia's Wali system, also a topic of a many decade long campaign by women's rights activists. 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[183], In August 2016, Donald Trump Jr. had a meeting with an envoy representing Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi. "[132], In response to the Saudi anti male-guardianship campaign,[14] the Saudi Government enacted a law that allows women above 21 years old to obtain passports and travel abroad without needing the permission of their male guardians. It's been young Saudis, particularly younger Saudi men in the street". [153], In August 2019, Loujain al-Hathloul's brother, Walid al-Hathloul informed that his sister was offered release on denying the human rights abuses committed against her in Saudi prison. The Saudi monarchy had been supporting anti-Assad rebels, while Russians were bombing rebel-held cities in support of Assad, killing tens of thousands of Syrian civilians in the process. [62] On 4 November 2017, the Saudi press announced the arrest of the Saudi prince and billionaire Al-Waleed bin Talal, a frequent English-language news commentator and a major shareholder in Citi, News Corp and Twitter, as well as over 40 princes and government ministers at the behest of the Crown Prince on corruption and money laundering charges. The crown prince dates this extremism to 1979, the year Sunni radicals stormed the holiest site in Islam, the Grand Mosque at Mecca, and called … Saudi crown prince and minister of defence, "MbS" redirects here. Denying the title, he explained the mechanism of the decision-making institutions actually holding stakes in the intervention, including the council of security and political affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Saudi side. 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He is also the deputy supreme commander of the Bahrain Defense Force . Saudi Arabia, which had been spending $100 billion a year to keep services and subsidies going, had to admit defeat in November 2016. He is currently serving as the country's deputy prime minister (the title of prime minister being held by the king) and is also Chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, Chairman of the Council of Political and Security Affairs, and Minister of Defense– the world's yo… After the briefing, senators were more than certain that Mohammed bin Salman played a major role in the killing of Khashoggi. [188] Trump initially supported the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar,[189] despite opposition from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis,[190] though he later changed his position. [18], Despite praise for his strides towards the social and economic liberalisation of Saudi Arabia, international commentators and human rights groups have been openly critical of bin Salman's leadership and the shortfalls of his reform program, citing a rising number of detentions and alleged torture of human rights activists,[19] the Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen which has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis and famine,[20] the escalation of the Qatar diplomatic crisis,[21] the start of the Lebanon–Saudi Arabia dispute, the start of a diplomatic spat with Canada, the arrest of members of the Saudi royal family in November 2017, a crackdown on feminists,[22][23][24] the hacking and blackmailing of The Washington Post owner and world's wealthiest person, Jeff Bezos; and the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi. The Crown Prince Court (CPC), or the Diwan as it is locally known, is an independent entity that enjoys full legal status as a government body. [135], On 26 April 2020, the Supreme Judicial Council of Saudi Arabia abolished flogging as a punishment in the country, stating that the decision was "an extension of the human rights reforms introduced under the direction of King Salman and the direct supervision of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman". [95][96] In September 2019, Mohammed condemned Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to annex the eastern portion of the occupied West Bank known as the Jordan Valley. 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The funds cover almost one-third of the $2.96 billion required to implement the UN's 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. [162][163][164], Following a Houthi missile attack against Riyadh in December 2017, which was intercepted by Saudi air defence, airstrikes killed 136 Yemeni civilians and injured 87 others in eleven days. Saudi Arabia denies crown prince met with Netanyahu, or any Israeli. [234][235][236] China has imprisoned up to 2 million Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in China's north-western province of Xinjiang in concentration camps, where they are allegedly subjected to abuse and torture. This system was introduced to the country in the Abdullah Era. [242], In 2015, he purchased the Italian-built and Bermuda-registered yacht Serene from Russian vodka tycoon Yuri Shefler for €500 million. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Arabic: حمدان بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم ‎) (born 14 November 1982) is the Crown Prince of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.He is popularly known as Fazza (Arabic: فزاع ‎), the name under which he publishes his poetry, and which means "the one who helps" in Arabic. Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (born February 17, 1974) is the eldest son of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and his wife Queen Saleha binti Mohammad Alam. Steven Mufson of The Washington Post argues that Crown Prince Mohammed "knows that only if he can place the royal family under the law, and not above as it was in the past, can he ask the whole country to change their attitudes relative to taxes [and] subsidies. Nothing", "Jamal Khashoggi: Trump says if anyone knew about plot to kill journalist 'it would be Mohammed bin Salman, "Who is Ahmed al-Asiri, the sacked Saudi intelligence chief? [7] He has been described as the power behind the throne of his father, King Salman. 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