Trump receives Saudi deputy crown prince at White House

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SHAFAQNA – US President Donald Trump has met with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his first official get-together with a Middle Eastern dignitary since taking office.  

Trump received King Salman’s son, also the kingdom’s defense minister, on Tuesday in the White House where they took part in a photo session but refrained from answering any questions about their meeting.

US Vice President Mike Pence, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, chief of staff Reince Priebus, and strategist Steve Bannon were also present at the meeting.

The US president’s assistant for economic affairs, Dina Habib Powell, also took part in the talks.

US President Donald Trump (center left) and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman (center right) take their seats for lunch in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, March 14, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)

According to a Saudi released statement on Monday, Prince Mohammed is expected to promote Saudi Arabia as an investment destination and “discuss reinforcing bilateral relations and review regional issues of mutual interest.”

Following the Oval Office meeting, Trump and the prince were joined by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and State Minister Musaed al-Aiban for lunch at the White House state dining room.

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