Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announces men and women equal

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The comment comes as Mohammed bin Salman visits the USA to discuss partnerships with tech giants, and sources have told Tahawul Tech that preparations are underway for the Crown Prince to complete three deals with top American technology firms during his trip.

"I'm a rich person and not a poor person", he added. "I'm not Gandhi or Mandela", bin Salman said.

According to U.S. officials Prince Mohammed bin Salman has blocked his mother from seeing his father, King Salman, more than two years ago and has kept her away from him as the young prince rapidly amassed power. Economically, Saudi businessmen have invested hundreds of billions of dollars in the United States, across various industries including technology, real estate and infrastructure.

Only four other OPEC countries - Iran, Iraq, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates - pumped more crude on a daily basis in January than Saudi Arabia exported to buyers of its refined fuels.

President Donald Trump walking with Mohammed bin Salman, next in line for Saudi Arabia's throne, during a White House visit in 2017. Theguardianship system gives men authority over the most important decisions in women's lives, and women are forced to be covered in black from head to toe when they are out in public.

'We are all human beings and there is no difference'.

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Khalid al-Falih, the Saudi Arabia's energy minister, has said his country is leading fellow OPEC members "by example", routinely cutting crude production by more than it needs to under the 2016 agreement.

Last year, the Trump adminstration lifted arms sales regulations on Saudi Arabia, and MbS's trip is largely seen as a ploy to guarantee a continuation of the steady stream of USA weapons and support to the Saudis.

Saudi Prince Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed has received condolences at his home in Riyadh following the death of Saudi Prince Bandar bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

To counter that, bin Salman is trying to present himself "as a breath of fresh air, a reformer ... as a liberator of women, as someone who is pro-reform [and] as someone who is taking Saudi Arabia in a different direction", Hashemi said. "Women worked everywhere. We were just normal people developing like any other country in the world until the events of 1979", he said.

Regarding the so-called "religious police", who until recently were able to arrest women for not covering up, Bin Salman assured that the laws in Saudi Arabia are very clear, and are part of Islamic law, which calls for women to wear decent clothing.

Building ties to important United States business leaders, including in finance and technology, is also a primary objective of bin Salman's visit, said William Hartung, director of the arms and security project at the Center for International Policy, a U.S. public policy research group.

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A bipartisan movement to curtail US support for the Saudi-led military intervention has been growing in Congress, with the Senate possibly voting as early as this week on a measure that would limit the military's ability to continue aiding Saudi efforts in Yemen.

And he warned that if Iran were to develop a nuclear bomb, Saudi Arabia would do the same 'as soon as possible'.

MBS expects to reshape Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

But as in the United Kingdom, the crown prince's visit is also expected to be met by protesters, with demonstrations planned in cities such as Boston and Washington, DC.

The Saudi and USA economies are significantly linked by "investment ties, energy markets, and a shared interest in the stability of the global economy", writes Karen Young, a resident scholar at Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

"The Saudis are superb allies and we have to support them in this journey", Roule says, explaining he believes there is no room for failure for a country that is a key to Middle East stability.

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