Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Departs for United States, Set to Meet with Donald Trump

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to visit Washington, D.C. this week and will meet with President Trump.

The Saudi Royal Court, in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, said that Prince Mohammed will meet with the President and a number of US officials to discuss “the strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries and regional issues of mutual interest.”

The powerful Deputy Crown Prince is head of Saudi Arabia’s Council on Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA) that is overseeing the Kingdom’s economic reforms. He is also minister of defense.

It is not publicly known exactly when the Prince will meet the President.

King Salman with Governor of Tokyo and former Defense Minister of Japan Yuriko Koike.

King Salman with Governor of Tokyo and former Defense Minister of Japan Yuriko Koike.

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King Salman in meetings with Japanese leaders this week.

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Commerce and Investment, Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi, will also visit Washington this week.

Meanwhile, Saudi King Salman and hundreds of business leaders from Saudi Arabia are in Japan for talks Monday mainly expected to focus on economic ties, according to the Associated Press. The visit is the first by a Saudi king in 46 years, though Salman visited more recently as crown prince. It is part of King Salman’s month-long tour of Asia, which included visits to Indonesia and Malaysia.

King Salman met with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and with the Governor of Tokyo and former Defense Minister of Japan Yuriko Koike.

King Salman and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe observer the signing of MOUs in Tokyo, Japan.

King Salman and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe observer the signing of MOUs in Tokyo, Japan.