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Trump, Saudi Crown Prince Discuss Qatar Row

26 June 2017

The move wasn't totally unanticipated as a possibility, but has far-reaching consequences.

"We support Amir Mohammed bin Salman ... to become Minister of Defense and Prime Minster and to be nominated as successor", wrote McDonald's.

According to the royal decree, the decision by King Salman to appoint his son was endorsed by 31 out of 34 members of the Allegiance Council, which is made up of senior members of the ruling Al Saud family.

Rasheed also described bin Salman as being more likely to light more fires in the region than extinguish those already burning.

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The new heir to the Saudi throne has been cultivating ties to some of the most influential officials in Donald Trump's White House, already dining twice with the president's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Trump, 71, and Mohammed, 31, have met twice - once in Riyadh during the United States leader's recent trip to Saudi Arabia and once in mid-March at the White House.

Mohammed replaces his cousin, 57-year-old Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a veteran security chief who led the Saudi campaign against Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaida.

The website of English-language news agency Press TV ran a lengthy article that denounced Mohammed bin Salman's hand in policy, including the "bloody military campaign" in Yemen and the "extensive and jarring economic shake-up" now underway in Saudi Arabia.

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Bin Salman was also reported as saying he would take "the battle" to Iran, which is on the opposite side in Yemen and Syria.

Iran, Saudi Arabia's main rival for regional influence, called Prince Mohammed's appointment a "soft coup". "To move aside Mohammed bin Nayef, the counter terrorism czar, the figure of the establishment, this is ground breaking for Saudi Arabia". 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.

McDonald's KSA, which stands for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a franchise operation which is owned by Riyadh International Catering Company. Prince Mohammed's domestic reform credentials are also yet to be established, as his plans to reorganise the oil economy remain on paper, while social reforms are nowhere near the government's agenda.

He is Defence Minister, a role that in Saudi Arabia gives its incumbent command of one of the world's biggest arms budgets and makes him ultimately responsible for Saudi Arabia's unprecedented military adventure in Yemen.

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Trump, Saudi Crown Prince Discuss Qatar Row