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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Associated Press) **FILE**

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FILE - In this July 7, 2017 photo U.S. President Donald Trump, bottom left, talks to delegates from Saudi Arabia as his wife Melania talks to Russian Prseident Vladimir Putin with the help of a Russian translator, top right, as the heads of government of the G-20 states and their partners have dinner after a concert in the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, Germany (Kay Nietfeld/Pool Photo via AP)

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FILE- In this May 12, 2014 file photo, Saudi and expatriate girls practice basketball at a private sports club in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's Education Ministry said Tuesday July 11, 2017, it will introduce physical education classes for girls in public schools next year, a decision that comes after years of calls by women across the kingdom demanding greater rights and greater access to sports. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, FILE)

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FILE- In this May 12, 2014 file photo, a girl shoots baskets during team practice at a private sports club in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's Education Ministry said Tuesday July 11, 2017, it will introduce physical education classes for girls in public schools next year, a decision that comes after years of calls by women across the kingdom demanding greater rights and greater access to sports.(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, FILE)

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FILE- In this Sunday, May 21, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, center rear, looks on as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and then Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef exchange an agreement against the funding militant groups, during a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Mohammed bin Salman was named crown prince in a sudden royal shake-up in Saudi Arabia early on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, but that is just the latest wild card in days of head-spinning developments in the typically staid Gulf, including the unexpected cutting off of nominal ally Qatar from the powerful Gulf Cooperation Council and Iran firing a missile into Syria for the first time, targeting Islamic State militants (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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FILE -- In this April 5, 2017 file photo, released by the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi King Salman, right, and Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wave as they leave the hall after talks with the British prime minister, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi King Salman has put his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, next in line to take over the oil-rich kingdom with a royal decree Wednesday. (Saudi Press Agency via AP, File)

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FILE -- In this May 21, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, holds a bilateral meeting with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. On Monday, June 5, 2017, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties to Qatar, further deepening a rift between Gulf Arab nations over that country's support for Islamist groups. The crisis comes after Trump's recent visit to Saudi Arabia for a summit with Arab leaders. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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FILE -- In this Sept. 7, 2016, file photo, Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is making every effort to dazzle and impress President Donald Trump on his first overseas trip. The kingdom hosts millions of Muslim pilgrims annually at holy sites in Mecca and Medina -- a fact that Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, noted when announcing Trump’s decision to visit Saudi Arabia first. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

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FILE- In this Jan. 27, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama participates in a receiving line with the Saudi Arabian King, Salman bin Abdul Aziz, at Erga Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. When President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House in the coming days, the new commander-in-chief will be laying the groundwork for his administration’s relations with a Middle Eastern powerhouse and the world’s top oil exporter. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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Prince Mohammed bin Salman waits for Gulf Arab leaders ahead of the opening of Gulf Cooperation Council summit, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 14, 2012. Saudi Arabia's second-in-line to the throne, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will meet President Donald Trump at the White House in the highest-level visit to Washington by a Saudi royal since November's presidential election. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) ** FILE **

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In this Nov. 11, 2015 file photo, Saudi Arabian Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a summit of Arab and Latin American leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's second-in-line to the throne, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will meet President Donald Trump at the White House in the highest-level visit to Washington by a Saudi royal since November's presidential election. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, file)

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Illustration on the realities confronting Saudi Arabia's "industrial revolution" by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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Illustration on Saudi Arabia's growing troubles by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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FILE- In this November 17, 2000 file photo, Saudi men talk and browse the internet at a hotel in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. When a teenager in Saudi Arabia began chatting up an American woman online, he first found fame and then notoriety before he was arrested over concern his clumsy cyber flirtation violated the kingdom’s conservative norms. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

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Illustration on Starbucks in Saudi Arabia by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman

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Illustration on growing hostilities between Saudi Arabia and Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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In this photo released by Inter Services Public Relations, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, left, meets with Pakistan army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. Pakistani army Chief has reiterated that any threat to Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity will evoke a response from Islamabad. (Inter Services Public Relatins via AP)

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A Bahraini protester holds a picture of Saudi Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a rally denouncing his execution by Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Daih, Bahrain. Saudi Arabia announced the execution of al-Nimr on Saturday along with 46 others. Al-Nimr was a central figure in protests by Saudi Arabia's Shiite minority until his arrest in 2012, and his execution drew condemnation from Shiites across the region. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

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Illustration critical of Saudi Arabia's human rights record by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times