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Saudi Prince Dishes Praise On Trump After Meeting

| by Lauren Briggs

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia had a glowing review of President Donald Trump, with whom he said that he reached a "great understanding" after the pair met on March 14.

"The meeting between Prince Mohammad bin Salman and President Trump was a huge success, marking a historic turning point in bilateral relation of the two countries," a senior adviser to the Saudi leader said in a statement, according to Bloomberg. "Relations had undergone a period of difference of opinion. However, today’s meeting has put things on the right track, and marked a significant shift in relations, across all political, military, security and economic fields."

The adviser added: "All of this is due to President Trump’s great understanding of the importance of relations between the two countries and his clear sight of problems in the region."

At the meeting, they discussed investing in Saudi Arabia, which is working to diversify its economy away from solely relying on crude oil revenue, according to Fortune.

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They also talked about Trump's views on Islam, a religion for which the president reportedly said he had "deep respect," calling it "one of the divine religions that came with great human principles kidnapped by radical groups."

The statement went on to detail the deputy crown prince's thoughts on Trump's stance:

Prince Mohammed Bin Salman expressed, after the meeting, his satisfaction with the positive attitude and clarifications he heard from President Trump about his stance on Islam, which runs against what the media promoted about the President, stressing that his Excellency President Trump has an unprecedented and serious intention to work with the Muslim World and to achieve its interests and that Prince Mohammed considers his Excellency as a true friend of Muslims who will serve the Muslim World in an unimaginable manner, opposite to the negative portrait of his Excellency that some have tried to promote whether through publishing unjust statements that are taken out of their context or by means of unrealistic media commentaries and analyses about his Excellency.

Salman also said he supports Trump's travel ban that prevents citizens of six Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S., calling the measure "vital and urgent" and stating that there is a terrorist "plot against the United States" in those six countries. Saudi Arabia is not on that list.

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"Saudi Arabia does not believe that this measure is targeting Muslim countries or the religion of Islam," reads the statement. "This measure is a sovereign decision aimed at preventing terrorists from entering the United States of America. President Trump expressed his deep respect for the Religion of Islam, considering it one of the divine religions that came with great human principles kidnapped by radical groups."

Sources: Bloomberg, Fortune / Photo credit: The Kremlin

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