US, Qatar, Israel rejoice at appointment of new Saudi heir

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US President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi Arabia's new Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, on Wednesday, congratulating him on his elevation and discussing security and economic issues, the White House said.

There has been an outpouring of public support for Saudi Arabia's newly minted crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in the days since he was appointed, although some has come from more unlikely corners.

Back then, the royal decree said that King Abdullah informed the Allegiance Council and made a decision to appoint Prince Nayef as the crown prince, deputy premier and minister of interior.

The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed is one step away from the throne, the young and perspective man has secured a major personal victory, getting this important appointment.

The recasting of the line of succession marks the first real test of the ruling Al Saud family's ability to manage the inevitable generational shift from the sons of Saudi Arabia's founder to his grandsons, said Torbjorn Soltvedt, an analyst at global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.

"The change is a huge boost to the economic reform programme..."

The move is likely to rattle Iran's leadership, which has been critical of comments by Prince Mohammed last month that the "battle" should be taken into Iran.Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's new interior minister, until now a little-known 33-year-old law graduate, replaces his veteran uncle as security chief.




His rapid ascent over the past two years has symbolised the hopes of the kingdom's young population, more than half of which is under 25, AFP said.

The prince is now "de facto ruler of the kingdom", said Andreas Krieg of the Defence Studies Department at King's College London.

While working as defense minister, he oversaw the Saudi-led military coalition against the Houthi rebels from Yemen.

Late Prince Mishael bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, former chairman of the Allegiance Council.

"Britain remains a firm supporter of Saudi Arabia's ambitious reform agenda "Vision 2030" which is essential for Saudi Arabia's long-term stability and success". That visit helped lay the foundation for the president's visit to Saudi Arabia in May, making the kingdom his first worldwide stop.

That the royal succession in the world's top oil exporter is closely scrutinised only makes the rapidity of Mohammed bin Salman's rise to power, and the speed with which his better known cousins were brushed aside, more astonishing. Wednesday's decrees removed him both from his place as next in line to the throne and from his post as interior minister.

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