Sudanese president meets new Saudi crown prince

Sudanese president meets new Saudi crown prince”

The US is putting efforts to have Saudi Arabia conduct the reforms, which will help create favorable conditions for cooperation with Israel and Washington, Ozcan Tikit, head of foreign news department at Turkey's Haberturk TV, told Trend. In spite of this, six kings since the death of the first Saudi monarch in 1953 have been his sons, including the current King Salman.

The Crown Prince further accompanied al-Bashir to Jeddah Airport as he ended his four-day to Saudi Arabia.

Arab leaders, including Oman's Sultan Qaboos, Jordan's King Abdullah, Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, congratulated Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his appointment, according to state media.

For its part, Iran's state TV, when it isn't claiming that bin Salman is propped up by Israel or the U.S., described the appointment of bin Salman this week as a "soft coup in Saudi Arabia".

The Saudi Press Agency confirmed that 31 out of 34 members of Saudi Arabia's Allegiance Council, which has powers over the succession issue, chose Mohammad Bin Salman as the kingdom's crown prince.

Iranian state television also used the "soft coup" term in a headline - "Soft coup in Saudi Arabia/Son becomes the successor of the father" - according to a Reuters report.

That the royal succession in the world's top oil exporter is closely scrutinised only makes the rapidity of Mohammed bin Salman's rise to power, and the speed with which his better known cousins were brushed aside, more astonishing.

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran - already running high - could worsen with King Salman's designation of his aggressive and ambitious son, Muhammad bin Salman, as the next ruler, analysts say.

Now he also assumes the role of Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

"This is a big generational shift in Saudi Arabia".

After being appointed as interior minister in 2012 and deputy prime minister in 2015, he started to slip in profile as Mohammed bin Salman, the new prince, led Saudi forces into war in Yemen.

The Saudi monarch quickly named him second-in-line to the throne two years ago to the surprise of many within the royal family who were older and more experienced. It could also empower Mohammed bin Salman to move faster with his plan to reduce the kingdom's dependence on oil, which includes the partial privatization of state oil company Aramco. The crown prince is the eldest son from the king's third and most recent wife.

Notably, if Saudi Arabia continues its more hawkish foreign policy, that could increase the political risk in the region and influence oil prices.

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