King Salman to step down by next week, says report

Pauline Gross
November 19, 2017

China will not waver in its determination to deepen strategic cooperation with Saudi Arabia, said Chinese president Xi Jinping on Thursday during a phone conversation with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz.

The source claims that Salman plans to "continue only as a ceremonial figurehead" while "handing over official leadership of the country to his son".

The crown prince, commonly referred to by his initials "MBS", is just 32 years old and already holds numerous posts in Saudi Arabia.

'King Salman will play the role of the queen of England.

According to Chinese state media outlet Xinhua, Xi told the Saudi monarch that China supports his country's efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and its desire for greater development.

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Once crowned, Prince Mohammad will focus on Iran, the long oil rival, sources said.

The statement made no specific mention of issues like the resignation as Lebanon Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri while in Saudi Arabia, railing against Riyadh's bitter foe Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

At the end of the Nov 6-10 session of the Catholic Council of the Patriarchs and Bishops of Lebanon, the prelates said their pain "is the continuation of wars in the countries of the Middle East, particularly in Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Yemen, which have shaken stability and peace and caused the programmed demolition and the ravages and misfortunes of innocent citizens".

Catholic leaders in Lebanon urged the worldwide community to stop wars and bring peace to the Middle East, and they said Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite patriarch, would carry that message to Saudi Arabia, Nov 13.

The report by the Daily Mail hinted that King Salman may be suffering from dementia, which would explain a swift exchange in power while attempting to save face by keeping quiet on the matter.

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