Trump Calls New Saudi Crown Prince

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Newly designated Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via Reuters)

President Donald Trump phoned Saudi Arabia’s new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to congratulate him on his new position.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son as crown prince, making him first-in-line to the throne. According to the Saudi Press Agency, the monarch stripped Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was in line to inherit the throne, from his title as crown prince and from his powerful position as the country’s interior minister overseeing security.

According to a statement issued by the White House, the two leaders discussed “the priority of cutting off all support for terrorists and extremists, as well as how to resolve the ongoing dispute with Qatar.”

On Tuesday, the State Department criticized Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Gulf for failing to clarify the issues in the Qatar rift.

Also touched on in the conversation was the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, as well as “ways to further deepen economic cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia.”