US President said he appreciated Saudi Arabia’s purchase of military equipment, calling MbS a “friend of mine”.

Iran Press/Asia: Donald Trump said on Saturday he appreciated Saudi Arabia’s purchase of US military equipment, calling Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a “friend of mine” who had worked to open up the country with economic and social reforms.

“It’s an honor to be with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, a friend of mine - a man who has really done things in the last five years in terms of opening up Saudi Arabia,” Trump said ahead of a bilateral meeting with the crown prince, known as MbS, in Osaka, Japan, Reuters reported.

“I think especially what you’ve done for women and seeing what’s happening - it’s like a revolution in a very positive way,” he added on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G20) summit.

 

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