Obama hosts powerful Saudi prince

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is his country's defense minister, has met the very biggest of Washington's big hitters during a week-long visitUS President Barack Obama hosts youthful Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House on Friday, underscoring his guest’s meteoric rise and increasingly pivotal role in strained US-Saudi ties. White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Obama would meet the 30-year-old deputy crown prince, who has become the driving force behind economic reform and a more activist Saudi foreign policy. King Salman’s son, who is his country’s defense minister, has met the very biggest of Washington’s big hitters during a week-long visit.

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