Young Saudi Prince Begins US 'Charm Offensive'
Mohammed bin Salman will meet with Trump, Silicon Valley execs on 3-week tour
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2018 7:44 AM CDT
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman walks to greet Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May outside 10 Downing Street in London, Wednesday, March 7, 2018.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

(Newser) – Saudi Arabia's young crown prince arrives in the US on Monday for a three-week tour. Mohammed bin Salman, seen as his nation's de facto ruler, is expected to receive a warm welcome at the White House on Tuesday from President Trump, but diplomacy is not his only focus. NPR reports that MBS, as he is known, is on what is essentially a "cross-country PR tour" to depict his nation as one in transformation. One crucial component involves him visiting Silicon Valley to meet with execs from Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and other major companies to line up investments and diversify the Saudi economy so it is less reliant on oil, per NPR's Deborah Amos. Some different threads related to the visit:

  • Women: In a wide-ranging interview with CBS' 60 Minutes, the 32-year-old prince declared that women are "absolutely" equal to men. Among the reforms put in place by MBS: Allowing women to drive and enter sports stadiums.

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