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Powerful Saudi prince to meet Obama, Ban Ki-moon on US visit

DUBAI- Saudi Arabia's powerful deputy crown prince flew to the United States on Monday for meetings with US 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.
The royal court said in a statement late on Sunday that the prince would discuss ways of strengthening relations with the United States, which have cooled under Obama's presidency.

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