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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Beyond the Headlines: the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia looks to charm America

Naser Al Wasmi is joined by Joyce Karam, The National's Washington correspondent, and Thanassis Cambanis, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation.

US President Donald Trump (center R) holds a lunch meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (center L), and members of his delegation, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, March 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB
US President Donald Trump (center R) holds a lunch meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (center L), and members of his delegation, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, March 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed arrived in the United States on an official visit this week. The already strong relationship between the two countries is being reinforced during meetings with President Donald Trump and senior officials. He will then look to engage other aspects of his Vision 2030 in trips to Silicon Valley and other parts of he US.

We talked to Joyce Karam, our Washington correspondent, who was present during Saudi embassy briefings and has been talking to insiders in the capital on what the trip means for bilateral relations.

Thanassis Cambanis, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, joined the show and gave us a wider perspective on Saudis role in the region and the world.