Prince Mohammed Bin Salman vows to combat extremism

Wednesday 25th Oct 2017

Prince Mohammed bin Salman vowed to combat Islamic Extremism and return Saudi Arabia to a more moderate, open form of Islam.

The Crown Prince and future King of the Kingdom received rapturous applause to his statements, made at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh: “We want to go back to what we were, the moderate Islam that is open to the world, open to all the religions.

“We will not waste 30 years of our lives dealing with extremist ideas, we will destroy them today”.

The Future Investment Initiative conference, which runs until Thursday, aims to make Saudi Arabia a more attractive investment, and making the country more open to the West is a large part of this move forward.

The Crown Prince with President Trump in March

IMF chief Christine Lagarde and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink are attending the conference in Riyadh, which is being called the “Saudi Davos” — a reference to the Swiss town that hosts the main World Economic Forum meeting each year. “We see FII as a unique opportunity for the global community to bring together aspirational thinking around the future of the world economy,” said Pedro Oliveira, Oliver Wyman’s regional managing partner.

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