One focus of Prince Mohammed's meeting with Trump will be expanding cooperation to counter Iran's influence in the Middle East, including the Islamic Republic's alliance with Russian Federation, according to White House officials who briefed reporters before the crown prince's arrival.
"The laws are very clear and stipulated in the laws of Sharia [Islamic law]: that women wear decent, respectful clothing, like men", Prince Mohammed said in an interview with the CBS' show "60 Minutes". "This, however, does not particularly specify a black abaya or a black head-cover".
"The released parts of the 9/11 reports in United States are explicitly revealing some parts of these undeniable facts which show that many of current Saudi officials who are holding different posts now in Saudi Arabia have had bold roles in this terrorist attack", asserted the Iranian diplomat. Trump will emphasize the importance of a strong and unified Gulf Cooperation Council, whose members include both Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Russian Federation has blocked a United Nations resolution that would have held Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps responsible for developing advanced ballistic missiles, some of which have been fired by Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels into Saudi Arabia, "but at the same time. turned to the Saudis and offered sophisticated air defense systems". Many of those ideas contradict the way of life during the time of the prophet and the Caliphs. "We also have close and strong economic relationship with Saudi Arabia", the official said.
In an opinion column early this month in the New York Times, Thomas Friedman, writing in the form of an open letter to Trump, urged the president not to give in to Prince Mohammed's "bad impulses" as he seeks to modernize Saudi Arabia's 'economy and religious/social structure'.
"We are all human beings and there is no difference".
A big focus of Prince Mohammed's trip will be to try to fix Saudi Arabia's image problem that never fully recovered from the attacks of September 11, 2001, which were carried out by mostly Saudi citizens. Women were driving cars.
For the US, it's a dramatic turn from the Obama administration, which was cool to Saudi Arabia's autocratic rulers over a human rights record that remains abysmal, according to advocacy groups such as Amnesty International.
Kushner is scheduled to attend several dinners with the Crown Prince during his visit to the USA, and also reportedly spent alone time with Salman during a personal trip to Riyadh in October 2017.
"We've called for tougher policies towards Iran for years", Jubeir said, noting Trump's substantially tougher policies toward Tehran in the past year. "This is the real example and the true model", said Salman.
Second, in a region in constant flux, it is also possible that just as Saudi Arabia's interests shifted to align with those of Israel, they could once more become misaligned, and Israel could then find itself with a US -constructed security threat of existential proportions. "I think the first big challenge that we have is do the people believe in what we are doing", said Mohammad bin Salman.