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Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Meets With Trump

Donald Trump Has Lunch With Saudi Deputy Crown Prince And Defense Minister

Donald Trump Has Lunch With Saudi Deputy Crown Prince And Defense Minister
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 14: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) meets with Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the Oval Office at the White House, March 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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.

WASHINGTON, USA - MARCH 14: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY  MANDATORY CREDIT - "BANDAR ALGALOUD / SAUDI KINGDOM COUNCIL / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Saudi Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud (3rd L) meets US President Donald Trump (3rd R) at the White House in Washington, United States on March 14, 2017.  (Photo by Saudi Kingdom Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA – MARCH 14: (—-EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT – “BANDAR ALGALOUD / SAUDI KINGDOM COUNCIL / HANDOUT” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS—-) Saudi Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud (3rd L) meets US President Donald Trump (3rd R) at the White House in Washington, United States on March 14, 2017.
(Photo by Saudi Kingdom Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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