Saudi Crown Prince’s U.S. Tour Will Surely Avoid the Ongoing Rift in the Gulf

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Mohammed bin Salman, who was Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince at the time, at the White House, Washington, March 14, 2017 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Mohammed bin Salman, who was Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince at the time, at the White House, Washington, March 14, 2017 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
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This week, Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince and the presumed real leader of the kingdom, arrives in the United States for a lengthy visit. On his trip, the 32-year-old prince, the architect of a newly bullish Saudi foreign policy, will likely address a wide range of bilateral and regional issues that have, on balance, strengthened U.S.-Saudi ties since Donald Trump became president. The visit is unlikely to herald any breakthrough in the nearly 10-month-long rift within the Gulf Cooperation Council, which pits Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain—plus Egypt—against Qatar. Trump’s pro-Saudi instincts have made […]

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