Women don't need to wear black abayas: Saudi Crown Prince

Women don't need to wear black abayas: Saudi Crown Prince

Women don't need to wear black abayas: Saudi Crown Prince

Even as the crown prince joined Trump for a meeting and working lunch, Congress was discussing legislation to scale back USA military support for a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, with a preliminary vote planned for Tuesday afternoon.

Kushner and White House envoy Jared Greenblatt, who are drafting Trump's long-awaited Mideast peace plan, will also join the crown prince for dinner, the Saudi Embassy in Washington said.

Last October the Crown Prince announced that Saudi Arabia, which is known for its ultra conservative rule, is moving to a more "moderate" form of Islam that is open to all religions.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says that the United States and Saudi Arabia can tackle "a lot of things" together in the future.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised United States defense sales to Saudi Arabia as a boost to American jobs, even as lawmakers criticised Riyadh's role in the war in Yemen where a humanitarian crisis has unfolded.

Since Trump took office previous year and visited Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip, Riyadh and Washington have strengthened ties and sought to work together on mutual goals involving Iran, such as curbing its rising influence in the Mideast.

"He (bin Salman) could not use such amateurish lies to hide the role of Saudi Arabia's government and leaders in creating the most unsafe terrorist groups in modern history and in major terrorist incidents like the September 11 (attacks)", Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said, according to Iran's Tasnim News Agency. Trump said the military sales contributed to the creation of 40,000 American jobs.

In September, a large Saudi public university announced it would dismiss employees suspected of ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, adding to concerns that the government is clamping down on its critics in academia and beyond.

A Saudi-led coalition, with logistical and intelligence support from Washington, is fighting to counter the influence of Iran, an ally of the Houthi militia, which denies any help from Tehran and says it is fighting a revolution against corrupt politicians and Gulf powers in thrall to the West.

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"But Iran has not been treating that part of the world or the world itself appropriately".

If Iran does develop a nuclear bomb, Mohammed told "60 Minutes", that "we will follow suit as soon as possible". He's showing reporters a sign that lists Saudi purchases and another of pending sales of military equipment to the kingdom.

Iran's Foreign Ministry has described Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as "delusional" and "naive" following remarks he made on a recent US TV show.

The importance of the Saudi Crown Prince's handling the foreign investment portfolio lies in two main points: first, foreign investment in the Kingdom is still new, so, the support of the Crown Prince is necessary at this stage for marketing foreign investment.

The United States and Saudi Arabia are historic allies. The Saudi cabinet even scrambled to adopt a national nuclear policy to that effect ahead of bin Salman's trip to the US.

Asked whether he was prepared to pull the United States out of the deal, Trump said "we're going to see what happens".

Trump sounded an ominous note as he looked ahead to a decision in May about whether to stay in the Iran nuclear deal, loathed by both Trump and the Saudis.

Iran has repeatedly said the deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is not re-negotiable.

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