"Women Are Absolutely Equal To Men": Saudi Crown Prince

Trump Bin Salman

He will meet President Donald Trump on Tuesday, and convene with senior cabinet members of the administration as well as Congressional leaders in Washington.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, the man behind the recent wave of seemingly progressive reforms in the ultraconservative kingdom and the driving force behind the notorious royal purge, recently sat down with CBS' Norah O'Donnell for a wide ranging "60 Minutes" interview - his first U.S. TV appearance.

The deal was reportedly reached by Trump after a December phone call with Saudi Arabia's King Salman, and may include military strategies to keep control of the region's rich natural resources such as oil.

The Saudi Crown Prince was particularly critical of the Muslim Brotherhood ideology, of extremism and the schism with the West created by Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden through the orchestration of the 9/11 terror attacks. Saudi Arabia has no written legal code to go with the texts making up sharia, and police and judiciary have long enforced a strict dress code requiring Saudi women to wear abayas and in many cases to cover their hair and faces. "Women were driving cars", he explained. I don't want to say that we don't have shortcomings.

Asked how much money was retrieved, Prince Mohammed said: "The amount exceeds $100 billion, but the real objective was not this amount or any other amount".

Top Republican says Trump will ditch Iran nuclear deal in May
He added that he didn't believe pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal would have a "detrimental effect" on those talks. This would seriously undercut the Iran's ability to fund terrorist groups or build weapons of mass destruction.

NBC news said recently that Trump "looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen ties between the U.S. and Saudi to advance common security and economic priorities".

The Crown Prince, who has been criticised for lavish personal expenses at a time when he is preaching fiscal responsibility, defended his private spending as "his business". "I'm not Gandhi or Mandela", bin Salman said.

He added: 'But what I do as a person is to spend part of my personal income on charity. There were movie theaters in Saudi Arabia.

Asked if he would run the country for 50 years or if anything could prevent him, Saudi's Crown Prince answered in two words: "Only death". "I spend at least 51 percent on people and 49 on myself".

"During three quarters of a century, the two countries have partnered, with sometimes, Washington and Riyadh working closely together as friends, and other times estranged, working for opposite goals", said Brookings. And he warned that if Iran were to develop a nuclear bomb, Saudi Arabia would do the same "as soon as possible". "Iran is far from being equal to Saudi Arabia", he added. Ever since Franklin Delano Roosevelt met with King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud on a USA naval ship in the Suez Canal in 1945, every American president has carefully nurtured relations with the Saudi royal family. Fighting between the Houthi movement, supported by Iran, and Yemeni government forces, backed by the Saudis and the U.A.E., has claimed almost 10,000 lives and left the country on the verge of a disastrous starvation. "It would be virtually impossible for the Saudi government to accept terms that are less than what Obama gave the Iranians-the possibility of future enrichment", a source close to the Saudi government told AFP, referring to the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that was completed when Barack Obama was still president.

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