Saudi govt to ensure gender equal salaries - Crown Prince

Ambitious Saudi Crown Prince Mounts Epic US Charm Offensive

Prince Mohammed will head to the US financial center in New York on Saturday

"The laws are very clear and stipulated in the laws of sharia [Islamic law]: that women wear decent, respectful clothing, like men", Mohammed, 32, said in an interview with CBS television aired late on Sunday in the United States.

Bin Salman also said that after detaining high-ranking officials and influential princes in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the kingdom has gathered over $100 billion as part of reconciliation deals.

A top Saudi cleric had expressed similar views in February. In the past, Saudi Arabia has burned over 1 million barrels of oil per day for power generation during seasonal peaks. "All actions were taken in accordance with existing laws and published laws".

Questioned about Saudi Arabia's bombing in Yemen that contributed to its humanitarian crisis, Bin Salman suggested that it was a necessary response to the threat of missiles from Iranian-backed rebels. Women are also allowed to enter the military for the first time and can attend sporting and cultural events. I don't want to say that we don't have shortcomings.

He added that "absolutely" women and men are equal in the country.

"In fact, we believe in the notion of human rights, but ultimately Saudi standards are not the same as American standards".

With a ban lifted on women driving in the Kingdom and women getting ready to sit behind the wheel this June, the crown prince was again asked the issue of women and driving in Saudi Arabia.

"It's jaw-dropping how many policy changes the Saudis have pursued at home and in the region since that last meeting", said Lori Plotkin Boghardt, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst now with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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Crown Prince Muhammad will also meet CEOs of major companies in the Silicon Valley and Seattle.

Answering a question about reports of the arrest of dozens of critics of his government a year ago and about human rights abuses in his country, he said, "Saudi standards are not the same as American standards". The war has killed at least 13,600 people since March 2015. In foreign policy, his actions have largely seemed created to aggressively counter the rise of Iran, although he told FRONTLINE's Martin Smith in 2017 that Iran was not worthy of Saudi Arabia's attention "and not even number 20 on our list of concerns". He will also participate in a Saudi-U.S. CEO forum in NY and will meet with U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Bin Salman will more than likely be courted by U.S. companies who would like to see a planned public offering of the kingdom's oil giant Aramco listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

"He wants to expand". This is the same around the world - people who go to university generally are a public good for the country, they contribute hugely, they don't get involved in hard behaviours, so I think there are many reasons why [investing in education] is a good idea.

"Diplomatically and militarily, Moscow plays both arsonist and firefighter: fueling tensions among all parties in Syria, the Syrian regime, Iran, Turkey, the Syrian Democratic Forces, the United States and other coalition partners, then serving as arbiter to resolve the disputes, attempting to undermine and weaken each party's bargaining positions", Gen. Joseph Votel, who oversees military efforts in the Middle East, told a House Armed Services Committee hearing last month.

"He is certainly going to change Saudi Arabia", says Norman Roule, a retired intelligence officer who served with the CIA in the Middle East. "His remarks do not deserve a response", Bahram Qasemi, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman, was quoted as saying by the country's state TV.

The Crown Prince will visit centers of entertainment, finance, oil and technology, according to Fortune magazine.

HRH the Crown Prince is keen to engage with the American audiences in Washington DC, Boston, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Houston.

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