Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman wants to shore up his own power, says Julia Hartley-Brewer

Mohammed bin Salman's visit has attracted plenty of criticism

Mohammed bin Salman, seen here in the centre, is visiting Britain this week

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Saudi Crown Prince wants to win the shore up his power base and improve his international profile during his visit to the UK.

That's according to Julia Hartley-Brewer, who spoke to Economist journalist Roger McShane about Mohammed Bin Salman's much-criticised visit this morning.

McShane said the Saudi royal wants to flag the fact that there have been modernisations on the social side - albeit that these reforms seem fairly paltry to a Western audience.

He added that the British government "sees an opportunity here to attract Saudi investment", particularly a new sovereign wealth fund created by the Kingdom to diversify its economy.

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