Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receives call from US President Trump

Thursday 11th Apr 2019

trump phone call to mbs

US President Trump held a call with Saudi Crown Prince, and de facto leader, Mohammed bin Salman this week, where the two leaders discussed issues including the stand-off with Iran and human rights issues.

The White House detailed specifics of the call in its official readout, stating the President and Crown Prince “Discussed Saudi Arabia’s critical role in ensuring Middle East stability, maintaining maximum pressure against Iran, and the importance of human rights issues,” the White House said.

The leaders also spoke about the war in Yemen which is now in its fourth year, and represents the height of the hostilities between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The conflict is considered a proxy war between the Sunni and Shia nations – and has created a nation wide famine in Yemen since 2016 which has led to the starvation of a confirmed 85,000 children and unknown amount of adults. US President Trump has assured the Saudi Royal Family that military support and arms sales are not in jeopardy, and that cooperation between the nations will continue.

The discussion also touched on human rights, which have been a focal point since the killing of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Embassy in October of last year.

Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced this week that 16 Saudi nationals, including one top aide of MBS, had been barred from entering the U.S., in an action taken in response to Khashoggi’s assassination.

The U.S. Congress urged President Trump to take stronger action against the Saudi Royals, but the president has indicated that additional punishment will not be necessary, and that the diplomatic and economic importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship out-weighs one particular incident.

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