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Saudi crown prince to visit White House on March 20

AFP  |  Washington 

US will host Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown on March 20, the said today.

"The looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen ties between the and Saudi Arabia," said in announcing the meeting.

The hugely influential Saudi is visiting Egypt, Britain and the as part of a long foreign trip, his first as crown

He has a close relationship with Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is seen as having given the green light for Prince Mohammed's rush to consolidate power in recent months.

Critics have labelled the crown prince's campaign a shakedown and power grab, although authorities insist the purge targeted endemic corruption as the country prepares for a

According to a investigation published yesterday, prominent Saudis held as part of the crackdown were subjected to coercion and physical abuse -- allegations rejected by the as "completely untrue."

The has wooed the West by promising a more open society, one which allows women to drive and relaxes rules on music.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 02:50 IST