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US President Trump hails bin Salman promotion as Saudi crown prince

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US President Donald Trump has hailed the promotion of Prince Muhammad bin Salman as Saudi Arabia's new crown prince, The Baghdad Post reported Wednesday.

Mr. Trump congratulated bin Salman in a phone call, reports said. 

Earlier today, King Salman bin Abdul-Aiz relieved Muhammad bin Nayef from his role as crown prince, replacing him with 31-year old Prince bin Salman, according to a royal decree published by state news agency SPA.

Bin Salman has been his country's defense minister and deputy crown prince, and was recently credited with a "huge success" for President Donald Trump's recent decision to stop in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman called for a public pledging of allegiance in Mecca on Wednesday to the new crown prince, Saudi-owned channel al-Arabiya said on Wednesday.

The young prince has taken a central role in Saudi Arabia's efforts to build its economy beyond the oil industry. He holds primary responsibility for the kingdom's military and energy sector.
Last Modified: Wednesday، 21 June 2017 09:59 PM
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