McDonalds in Saudi Tweets Allegiance to New Crown Prince

Henrietta Strickland
June 25, 2017

For two years the meteoric rise of Mohammed bin Salman stirred talk of strains and competition between the two princes, both known by their initials as MbS and MbN. Bin Salman was present in last month's Riyadh Summit, where the USA and Saudi Arabia signed a $110 billion weapons deal.

A senior advisor to Iran's foreign minister, Hossein Sheikholeslam, was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency as linking bin Salman's elevation to a "deal" made with President Trump.

In an interview last month, the Saudi prince suggested that Iran wanted to wrest control of Islam's holiest sites away from Riyadh and that there could be no dialogue with the regional Shiite power.

Mohammed has replaced his cousin Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as crown prince, "removing any doubt of how succession plans will unfold following the reign of King Salman, now 81", says Bloomberg. This is bad news for an already volatile region. Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani also congratulated the new crown prince, expressing hopes for "brotherly relations between the two brotherly countries". Nevertheless, KSA doesn't seem to share this positive approach.

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. During the Riyadh summit, Saudi minister of external affairs Adel Al-Jubayr has accused Iran of supporting Hezbollah, who are fighting along with the Syrian troops, labeling the latter as the "world's greatest terrorist organization". But after promoting his own son to deputize the crown prince, and now the crown, Saudi Arabia's king seem to have changed the narrative and cut off other family branches from the throne. He also relieved Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, from his position as the deputy prime minister and interior minister.

Turkey has opposed the Arab boycott of Qatar. Saudi's religious leadership - according to reports - has been vocal in recent days about protecting autocracy from democracy.

"The change is a huge boost to the economic reform programme..." He was the prime mover behind the decision to escalate Saudi Arabia's role in the Yemen civil war, where Saudi airplanes have bombed Houthi rebels backed by Iran.

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