OSAKA President 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 honour 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.
“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, speaking on the sidelines of a Group of 20 (G20) summit.
“We’re trying to do our best for our country, Saudi Arabia, and it’s a long journey,” the Crown Prince said.
Trump said Saudi purchases of military equipment supported at least 1 million US jobs, and appeared to exonerate the kingdom for any past acts of “terror”.
For a long time there were questions as to whether or not Saudi Arabia and other countries were sponsoring terror,” said Trump, as he sat next to the Crown Prince.
“You have absolutely stopped and I really appreciate that and the world really appreciates it,” Trump said.