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US President Trump hails bin Salman promotion as Saudi crown prince


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