New York Times Profiles New Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Prince Khaled bin Salman

The New York Times published a profile and interview with Saudi Arabia’s new Ambassador to the United States Prince Khaled bin Salman and the significant role the young prince will play in the U.S.-Saudi diplomatic and economic relationship.

Prince Khaled, who is brother of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and son of King Salman, is now head of the all-important embassy in Washington for the Kingdom as it looks for America’s buy-in on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 economic and social reform plans.

At 28 years old, the Prince is, as the New York Times writes, “a prime example of the type of modern Saudi official the kingdom wants to show the American public. He knows his way around Instagram, enjoys political cartoons and expresses interest in American pop culture..”

“[I]n Washington, [Prince Khaled] will rely on his built-in royal connections to enhance the considerable influence the Saudis enjoy in the capital, now more than ever,” the profile notes. “Prince Khalid’s arrival in Washington, observers familiar with the embassy say, will help consolidate the information that flows between the White House, the embassy and Riyadh, and smooth relations.”

[Click here to read the full profile from the New York Times]