The Algerian president said Crown Prince Mohammed would not attend the upcoming Arab League summit after doctors advised him not to travel.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will not attend the upcoming Arab summit in Algeria on the advice of doctors to avoid travel, the Algerian president said.
Saudi Arabia did not immediately acknowledge Algeria’s comments on Saturday about the status of Crown Prince Mohammed, who quickly rose to power under his father’s 86-year-old King Salman.
The statements in Arabic and French on the Algerian Press Service late Saturday refer to a statement from President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s office about his phone call with Crown Prince Mohammed.
During the call, Crown Prince Mohammed “apologised for not being able to attend the Arab Summit to be held on November 1 in Algiers, on the recommendation of his doctors advising him not to travel,” the statement said. father wrote.
“For his part, the President said he understands the situation and regrets the obstacle of the Crown Prince, Queen Mohammed Bin Salman, expressing his wishes for health and happiness.”
A statement in the state-run Saudi Press Agency acknowledged the call between Tebboune and the prince but offered no advice on the advice of the doctors. It only said the call focused on “aspects of bilateral relations between the two fraternal countries” and possible joint cooperation.
The Arab League summit in Algeria is the first time the regional body has met since the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
The Arab League, founded in 1945, represents 22 countries across the Middle East and North Africa, although Syria has been suspended during the protracted war. Although united in calling for an independent Palestinian state, the agency has largely become rotten and unable to carry out its mandate.
Crown Prince Mohammed came to power in 2015 as a deputy crown prince, then became crown prince about two years later after King Salman deposed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a powerful figure who was once the head of state. Saudi Arabia is at the forefront of Saudi Arabia’s counterterrorism efforts and is a close ally of the United States.
His rise to power has seen the kingdom undergo rapid changes, like allowing women to drive and opening cinemas while loosening the grip of superconductors. He also launched a targeted corruption crackdown against the richest men in the kingdom and led an internationally criticized Arab coalition for organizing a military campaign in Yemen.
US intelligence agencies have linked Crown Prince Mohammed to the 2018 murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist who was a critic of the crown prince’s policies. The kingdom has denied the crown prince was involved, although the prosecution of the government team behind Khashoggi’s murder has been kept secret.
Recently, the Crown Prince has come under fierce criticism from the US over the OPEC-led Saudi Arabia and its allies agreeing to cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day.