Donald Trump welcomes Saudi Prince, says Saudi Arabia

Trump, Saudi Arabia prince bond over arms deals, hostility to Iran

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has held a meeting with US President Donald Trump during his first visit to the White House and discussed matters of security cooperation.

As the 32-year-old crown prince met with Trump, the U.S. Senate rejected a resolution seeking an end to U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen's civil war.

Iran signed an agreement with the United States and five other powers in 2015, freezing all enrichment activities for 10 years - an agreement that Trump, and, as of this week the Crown Prince, called "flawed". He'll hold separate meetings with a long roster of influential United States officials, including the secretaries of defense, treasury and commerce, the Central Intelligence Agency chief and congressional leaders from both parties. "Tremendous investments made in our country and that means jobs for our workers", Trump told reporters during a picture-taking session with the crown prince. President Barack Obama also angered the Saudis by negotiating a nuclear agreement with their regional rival, Iran.

Even at this nadir of US-Saudi relations, President Obama still sanctioned an unprecedented $115bn worth of weapons to the kingdom over his eight years in office.

Qassemi reportedly said bin Salman proved to be "an amateurish and mistaken liar" for his comments and stated his belief that his words show he is not familiar with Saudi Arabia's history and culture.

"We are trying also to tackle new opportunities and to prepare the visit of His Majesty as soon as possible with the new waves of opportunities in the different area, and we believe we can do a lot of great things together", said the Crown Prince. The Saudis and their allies are fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels, but worldwide organisations have harshly criticized the coalition's airstrikes and blockading of Yemeni ports for contributing to thousands of civilian deaths and a humanitarian catastrophe. He reiterated Saudi pledge for $200 billion in investments that would end up at $400 billion when fully implemented.

In December, Saudi Arabia was able to intercept an Iranian missile launched by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, preventing it from entering Riyadh, potentially causing many casualties. They are republished from a number of sources, and are not produced by MintPress News. They've cast themselves as essential partners against extremist groups and, especially since Trump's maiden overseas voyage past year, touted their lavish purchases of high-tech goods from job-creating American companies. In Yemen, the Kingdom says it is improving military targeting, opening up ports and pledging $1.5 billion in new aid. Stock exchanges in NY and elsewhere are vying for the global listing of Aramco, the Saudi oil behemoth expected to go public soon. "There's nobody that even comes close to us in terms of technology and the quality of the equipment, and Saudi Arabia appreciates that".

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