Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday for a discussion that was likely to touch on investment opportunities in the kingdom, the strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries and regional issues of mutual interest.
Trump, who took office in January, and Prince Mohammed who is also the kingdom’s defense minister, kicked off their talks in the Oval Office.
US Vice President Mike Pence, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, chief of staff Reince Priebus and strategist Steve Bannon were also present.
The meeting was the first since Trump’s inauguration with the prince, who is leading the kingdom’s efforts to revive state finances by diversifying the economy away from a reliance on crude oil.
After visiting in the Oval Office, Trump and his advisers joined the prince and the Saudi delegation for lunch in the White House state dining room.
King Salman, leader of the world’s top oil exporter, is currently in Japan, part of a month-long Asia tour to build ties with the world’s fastest growing importers of Saudi crude and promote investment opportunities, including the sale of a stake in its giant state firm Saudi Armco.