Saudi Seeks Israeli Military Help To Support New Crown Prince?

Elias Hubbard
June 27, 2017

The prime minister made these remarks when he congratulated Muhammad Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on his appointment as the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

On Wednesday, Prince Nayef was also removed from his role as head of domestic security.

Bin Salman's visit to the US earlier this year paved the way for President Donald Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia, portrayed by the kingdom as an endorsement of its leadership role in the region.

The newly appointed crown prince created a reform blueprint, called Vision 2030, to develop non-oil revenues, privatise the economy and create sustainable development for Saudi Arabia.

The semiofficial news agency Fars dubbed it a "political earthquake" and wrote that Nayef had been "ousted".

The oil markets have delivered grim news for Saudi's oil-dependent economy since King Salman came to power and his young son began running Saudi oil policy.

The statement also expressed hopes "brotherly relations between the two brotherly countries".

Croft said on CNBC on Wednesday that, "This is a big generational shift in Saudi Arabia".

While working as defense minister, he oversaw the Saudi-led military coalition against the Houthi rebels from Yemen. While the U.S. president has made statements siding with Saudi Arabia, Washington has shown mounting frustration over the kingdom's role in the crisis.

Described as a "surprise reshuffle" by CNN, the move is a sign Salman is "further empowering a young, activist leader at a time when the kingdom is struggling with low oil prices, a rivalry with Iran and conflicts across the Middle East", says the New York Times.

The royal decree did not nominate a new deputy crown prince.

The prince is now set to become the first Saudi monarch from a generation of royals who represent the grandsons of the country's founder, King Abdul-Aziz. King Salman is grooming his son for a possible take over when he retires from his 31-year-old reign.

It said the decision by King Salman to promote his son and consolidate his power was endorsed by 31 out of 34 members of the Allegiance Council, made up of senior members of the ruling Al Saud family.

He led a crackdown against al-Qaeda cells in Saudi Arabia between 2003 and 2007 and has been vocal about his country's fight against extremists. He previously served as an adviser to the interior and defense ministries.

"The more that time goes by, the more doubt is raised about the actions taken by Saudi Arabia and the UAE", Nauert said. The prince is shown kissing his older cousin's hand and kneeling before him.

"I am going to rest now".

The King Salman, 81, is reportedly not in the best of health.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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