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Saudi Arabia: MBS goes to Washington, looking for support that may not always be there

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) arrived to a snow-covered Washington on 20 March, receiving a warm welcome from President Donald Trump but a rather more frosty reception from other parts of the Washington establishment. There is still no shortage of Americans happy to give their public support to MBS – not least in the White House - but after all the positive attention he has received for daring to challenge the kingdom’s economic and social status quo, there is also clearly an undercurrent of scepticism about the crown prince.

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