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Saudi Crown Prince MBS to Visit WH on March 20

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US President Donald Trump will host Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on March 20, the White House announced Monday.

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"The president looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia," WH spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in announcing the meeting.

The hugely influential Saudi prince is visiting Egypt, Britain, and the United States, as part of a long foreign trip, his first as crown prince.

Bin Salman has a close relationship with Trump and his son-in-law aide Jared Kushner, who is seen as having given the gr
een light for the young prince's rush to consolidate power in recent months.

Meanwhile, critics labelled MBS' campaign as a shakedown and power grab, although authorities insist the purge targeted endemic corruption as the country prepares for a post-oil era.

According to a New York Times investigation published Monday, prominent Saudis held as part of the crackdown were subjected to coercion and physical abuse.

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