[247][248][249][250] This report has been denied by the auctioneer Christie's, the Embassy of Saudi Arabia,[251] and the Government of the United Arab Emirates, which has announced that it is the actual owner of the painting. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Arabic: حمدان بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم ‎) (born 14 November 1982) is the Crown Prince of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.He is popularly known as Fazza (Arabic: فزاع ‎), the name under which he publishes his poetry, and which means "the one who helps" in Arabic. Although the CIA reportedly had not determined whether Khalid had any foreknowledge of Khashoggi's ultimate fate upon entering the consulate, it believed that Khalid conveyed this message to Khashoggi at his brother's behest. Khashoggi." [187] Kushner also inquired as to how the U.S. could support Prince Mohammed in the succession process. Saudi Arabia has seen profound changes in recent years. [186] After Prince Mohammed acceded to Crown Prince, Trump reportedly said, "We've put our man on top". [42] In addition, he retained his post as the minister of state. [37], In June 2012, Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud died and Prince Mohammed bin Salman moved up into the number two position in the hierarchy, as his father became the new crown prince and first deputy prime minister. This is a significant move by Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to consolidate his position. He soon began remaking the court in his own image. "[178], Andrew Smith, of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), said that Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson "have played an utterly central and complicit role in arming and supporting the Saudi-led destruction of Yemen. [7] He has been described as the power behind the throne of his father, King Salman. RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Neom on Sunday to discuss bilateral relations, … "[60], In May 2017, Mohammed bin Salman publicly warned "I confirm to you, no one will survive in a corruption case—whoever he is, even if he's a prince or a minister". [12], Regarding his role in the military intervention, Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave his first on-the-record interview on 4 January 2016 to The Economist, which had called him the "architect of the war in Yemen". Denying the title, he explained the mechanism of the decision-making institutions actually holding stakes in the intervention, including the council of security and political affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Saudi side. [64], Writing for The Huffington Post, University of Delaware professor of Islam and Global Affairs, Muqtedar Khan, speculated as to whether the removal of Talal, a critic of Donald Trump, amounted to a coup. [36], In October 2011, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz died, and the current King Salman began his ascent to power by becoming Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence in November 2011. [58], On the day he became Crown Prince, U.S. President Donald Trump called Mohammed bin Salman to "congratulate him on his recent elevation". According to forensic investigation, The Washington Post owner's phone was targeted with the malware containing video message months before the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident critical of the government and a journalist/writer employed with The Post at the time of the hack. The Royal Standard of the Crown Prince consists of a green flag, with an Arabic inscription and a sword featured in white, and with the national emblem embroidered in Silver in the lower right canton. "[179] Hunt's Conservative leadership campaign was partly funded by a close associate to Mohammed bin Salman. JERUSALEM • Saudi Arabia has denied Israeli media reports of landmark talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a … In the CIA's analysis, the killing was most likely motivated by Prince Mohammed's privately stated belief that Khashoggi was an Islamist with problematic connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, a perception that differs markedly from the Saudi government's public remarks on Khashoggi's death. [62] On 4 November 2017, the Saudi press announced the arrest of the Saudi prince and billionaire Al-Waleed bin Talal, a frequent English-language news commentator and a major shareholder in Citi, News Corp and Twitter, as well as over 40 princes and government ministers at the behest of the Crown Prince on corruption and money laundering charges. [196][197] The Toronto Star reported that the consensus among analysts indicated that the actions taken by Mohammed bin Salman were a "warning to the world — and to Saudi human rights activists — that his Saudi Arabia is not to be trifled with". 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[63], Others arrested or fired in the purge included Mutaib bin Abdullah, head of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, Adel Fakeih, the Minister of Economy and Planning, and the Commander of the Saudi Naval Forces, Admiral Abdullah bin Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Sultan.[63][64]. Even more translations in the Turkish-English dictionary by bab.la. [45] In March 2015, Saudi Arabia began leading a coalition of countries allied against the Houthi rebels. The person who made the call was identified as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a security officer who is frequently seen travelling with the prince. [90], In December 2017, Prince Mohammed criticised United States' decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. [125][47], In September 2017, bin Salman implemented the women to drive movement's multi-decade demand to lift the ban on female drivers. Mohammad bin Salman became Saudi Arabia's minister of defence in 2015. [107] Efforts to diversify the Saudi energy sector also include wind and solar, including a 1.8 gigawatt solar plant announced in the same month as part of a long term project in partnership with SoftBank. [31] In 1915 the Al Ajman tribe led by him fought with the Al Saud during which King Abdulaziz's only full-brother Saad bin Abdul Rahman was killed. [105], In October 2018, Mohammed bin Salman announced that the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia’s assets were approaching $400 billion and would pass $600 billion by 2020. Prince Khalid bin Sultan is another handsome Arab prince who is keenly interested in fashion arts and music. [242], In 2015, he purchased the Italian-built and Bermuda-registered yacht Serene from Russian vodka tycoon Yuri Shefler for €500 million. "[67] An analysis from the CBC claimed that "the clampdown against corruption resonates with ordinary Saudis who feel that the state has been asking them to accept belt tightening while, at the same time, they see corruption and the power elite accumulating more wealth". [50], In late 2015, Prince Mohammed attended a meeting between King Salman and U.S. President Barack Obama, where the prince broke protocol to deliver a monologue criticising U.S. foreign policy. It's been young Saudis, particularly younger Saudi men in the street". Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: محمد بن سلمان بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود‎, romanized: Muḥammad bin Salmān bin ‘Abd al-‘Azīz Āl Su‘ūd; born 31 August 1985), colloquially known as MBS, is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. [131], Ayaan Hirsi Ali claimed that if bin Salman "succeeds in his modernization efforts, Saudis will benefit from new opportunities and freedoms, and the world will benefit from curtailing the Wahhabi radicalization agenda. Western diplomats say that Mohammed bin Salman was strongly influenced by his Emirati counterpart, crown prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed. [99] Neom aims to attract investment in sectors including renewable energy, biotechnology, robotics and advanced manufacturing. [185][184], Upon Trump's election, support for Mohammed bin Salman was described as one of the few issues where rival White House advisers Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon agreed. [168][125][50] More than 50,000 children in Yemen died from starvation in 2017. Saudi crown prince and minister of defence, "MbS" redirects here. 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[201], According to Middle East Eye, seven of the fifteen men suspected of killing Khashoggi are members of Mohammed bin Salman's personal bodyguard. I would also say it's a classical power grab move sometimes to arrest your rivals, your potential rivals under the pretext of corruption". [218] The senators said the list of human rights violations by Saudi is too long that it has become difficult to comprehend what's happening in the kingdom or even work with MbS. [202] John Sawers, a former head of the British MI6, stated that in his judgment of the evidence it is "very likely" that Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi. [193] Trump and his administration also firmly supported Prince Mohammed during global backlash following the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi. [147][148], In August that year, the human rights activist Israa al-Ghomgham and her husband – both arrested in 2015 – were put under legal threat of beheading. [9][10][11], He has led several successful reforms, which include regulations restricting the powers of the religious police,[12] the removal of the ban on female drivers in June 2018,[13] and weakening the male-guardianship system in August 2019. Trump also believes that the crown prince at least knew about the plan, saying "Well, the prince is running things over there more so at this stage. [203], In the aftermath of Khashoggi's death, multiple commentators referred to bin Salman as "Mister Bone Saw," a play on the initials MBS. The Wahhabis were committed to fixed social and gender relationships. 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[232][233], In February 2019, Mohammed bin Salman defended China's Xinjiang re-education camps for Muslims, saying "China has the right to carry out anti-terrorism and de-extremisation work for its national security." Yet "[i]t is not clear what those detained are suspected of. [41] He was also named as the secretary general of the Royal Court on the same date. [238], Mohammed bin Salman married his cousin, Princess Sarah bint Mashour bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a daughter of Mashour bin Abdulaziz, on 6 April 2008, and they have four children, all of whom were named after their grandparents..[30][239][240][241] In 2018 his personal net worth was estimated at US$3.0 billion. RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met on Tuesday with senior adviser to the US president, Jared Kushner, to discuss regional stability. 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