The Saudi Crown Prince is leaving today for a two-week tour of the American continent where he will meet many personalities. He should also discuss with the US President, as he has announced, the development of nuclear weapons by his country.
US Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s extensive US tour, starting Monday, will include talks with top US military and US officials in Washington and business meetings in Boston, Los Angeles. Angeles and Seattle.
And according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the main concern for Israel will be the planned talks between the crown prince and the United States on the development of nuclear energy by the Saudi kingdom.
The Saudi Crown Prince will therefore meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday for their third official meeting in less than a year. They met earlier when the Crown Prince visited Washington last spring and also when Trump chose Saudi Arabia to make his first foreign visit as president last May.
The Crown Prince is also considered to be close to Trump’s counselor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Trump and Ben Salman will discuss a wide range of issues during their meeting, including the Iranian nuclear deal, the wars in Yemen and Syria, the Saudi blockade imposed on Qatar and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said before going to the United States and in an interview with CBS: “Saudi Arabia does not want nuclear weapons, but if Iran develop the nuclear bomb, we will follow the same path as quickly as possible, without a shadow of a doubt. ”
According to the Israeli channel 10, this new Saudi ambition has greatly worried Benyamin Netanyahu, who asked Trump not to help Riyadh on this path. Trump would have nonetheless refused to please his friend Netanyahu once more by telling him that if it is not the United States that helps the Saudi kingdom in this sense, it will be another country that will.
In addition to trying to attract American investment in his country as part of his efforts to diversify the Saudi economy, the Crown Prince intends to restore the ill-fated image of the United States after the attacks of September 11 2001.
With regard to the Qatari crisis, the Saudis were not satisfied with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s approach to the crisis, and now that the latter has been sacked, they hope for a more open environment for get satisfaction from all their requests.