Saudi crown prince sets off on maiden foreign tour | Sunday Observer

Saudi crown prince sets off on maiden foreign tour

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia’s crown prince lands in Egypt Sunday on the first leg of his maiden foreign tour as heir to the throne, a diplomatic charm offensive that follows his stunning rise to power. Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s two-day visit to Cairo comes ahead of a scheduled trip to Britain on Wednesday for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May and the United States from March 19-22.

The trips are aimed partly at courting investors and come after a tumultuous period that saw a major military shake-up and a royal purge, part of the prince’s sweeping power play that has shaken business confidence.

The son of Saudi King Salman is already seen as the country’s de facto ruler controlling the major levers of government. His visit to Cairo, a key regional ally, comes before Egypt’s presidential polls in late March, with incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expected to win a second four-year term.

- AFP

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