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MBS plans first US visit since becoming Saudi crown prince

Saudi Arabia’s economic transformation is high on the agenda for the upcoming trip.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman attends the Annual Horse Race ceremony, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 30, 2017. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. - RC195E3B23D0

Saudi Arabia is organizing Mohammed bin Salman’s first US visit since he became crown prince last year, multiple sources with knowledge of the plan told Al-Monitor.

The weekslong tour starting in early March, with possible stops in Washington, Boston, San Francisco, New York and Houston, aims to demonstrate that Riyadh is open for business after Mohammed led a purge of more than 40 members of the royal family last year. The 32-year-old prince also serves as his country’s defense minister and is close to Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

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