"We'll discuss the peace efforts between Israelis and Palestinians, and the situation in Gaza", said the official, adding that the American side will "thank the Saudis for their participation in the Gaza conference" which took place at the White House last week.
Ten months after the last face-to-face meeting between Trump and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in Riyadh, the 71-year-old president and the 32-year-old strongman prince are expected to deepen an already warm and congenial relationship.
The Crown Prince will arrive in Washington to meet with President Donald Trump on Tuesday. The Gulf nation's leaders described the wave of arrests in November 2017 as an anti-corruption purge, but for many worldwide investors, it seemed more like a shakedown, as wealthy Saudi businessmen were pressured to negotiate secret settlements and hand over billions to get released or face public trials and personal ruin. Those detained were forced to pay large fines to secure their freedom, while it has been alleged that torture was used to coerce those who refused.
For instance, he made headlines for buying a $300 million French chateau, which is believed to be the world's priciest home, along with a $500 million luxury yacht and a $450 million Leonardo da Vinci painting of Christ dating back 500 years.
"I hope that this militia ceases using the humanitarian situation to their advantage in order to draw sympathy from the worldwide community", he said, claiming that "they block humanitarian aid in order to create starvation and a humanitarian crisis". "If some newspapers want to point something out about it, that's up to them", MBS said. I'm not Gandhi or Mandela. When OPEC was founded in 1960, with Saudi Arabia as a founding member, the organization exercised a substantial influence on Western countries.
Despite his extravagant spending, the crown prince claimed he spends "part of my personal income" on charity. "I spend at least 51 percent on people and 49 on myself". This young prince has ridden in a Tesla, and he can see the future. Still, with so much political momentum and state-backed funding behind Vision 2030, Riyadh's ambitious plan to reduce the country's dependence on oil and diversify the economy, rapid progress is all but certain.
Earlier in March, the Kingdom allowed women to serve in the armed forces.
However, women in Saudi Arabia are still bound by so-called guardianship laws that give male relatives control over aspects of their lives.
"He has a short amount of time to change the economy or the country is headed for disaster", he says, adding that the crown prince has driven a Tesla, an electric vehicle predicted to one day undermine the oil economy.
"We are all human beings and there is no difference". The partners announced major contracts worth more than $380 billion, including $110 billion for the sale of American arms to Saudi Arabia, to counter what they see as a threat from Iran and radical militants.
Bin Salman was the driving force behind a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, with the stated goal of rooting out rebel Houthi fighters. "Iran is far from being equal to Saudi Arabia".
"Saudi Arabia knows that it has an image problem", Hashemi told Al Jazeera.
Bin Salman replaced his cousin Muhammad bin Nayef as the heir to the throne in June 2017. The Kingdom's leaders and the Trump administration continue to build and strengthen the framework of a bilateral relationship that facilitates interagency cooperation. Her latest book is Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S. -Saudi Connection (OR Books, September 2016). For one, Saudi Arabia is the biggest worldwide buyer of US weapons.