Kerry hosts Saudi prince at Washington home

June 14, 2016 07:36

US Secretary of State John Kerry hosted Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at his personal residence in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, on Monday.

The powerful deputy crown prince is in the US for meetings with President Barack Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Saudi media reported.

The visit of Mohammed bin Salman, whose powers include his role as defense minister, comes amid a diplomatic row with the United Nations and policy differences with the United States over the war in Syria and relations with Iran.

Prince Mohammed, spearheading an ambitious plan to revamp the economy of the world's top oil exporter, will also travel to California where he is expected to meet company executives in Silicon Valley, the Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat newspaper said.

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