Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Significant: 'Obama met Saudi MoI Mohammed bin Nayef'

(Reuters) - 'President Barack Obama met Saudi Arabia's new interior minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, on Monday to discuss security and regional issues, the White House said.
Prince Mohammed, appointed in November after the death of his father, veteran Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, is best known as Saudi Arabia's long-time security chief and has garnered the praise of Western governments for his role in the campaign against al Qaeda....
Prince Mohammed's appointment as interior minister lifted him into a critical role for the ruling al-Saud family and one that had only been held by the current ruling generation. Analysts say he is in tune with King Abdullah's cautious social and economic reforms partly aimed at making Saudi society more open to outside influence.'

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