2 thoughts on “MBS’s tour – pluses and minuses”

  1. Reports of the international VVIPs attending the funeral of President George H.W. Bush include the King and Queen of Jordan, the son of the King of Bahrain and many others, but no one from Saudi Arabia. NBC News reported that Prince Khalid bin Salman who is the Saudi ambassador and MBS’s brother returned to the US for the first time since the murder of Khashoggi to attend the funeral, but according to a Saudi official his plane was delayed and he was “unable to comply with the protocol scheduling”.
    From 1983 to 2005, so throughout most of the Bush presidencies, the Saudi ambassador was Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who cultivated a close personal relationship with the Bush family. He was one of the princes detained by MBS in November 2017 on charges of corruption, and has disappeared from sight. It is likely that George W Bush or another member of the family put his foot down.
    On the inclusion or exclusion of Jordan from MBS’s tour see our 6 December posting. There is still no news of MBS’s whereabouts since he left Algeria on 3 December, when he had presumably been expecting to go on to Jordan. This morning (9 AM GMT, 7 December) the anonymous blogger Mujtahidd who is anti-Saudi but has a wide range of sources tweeted ‘the alert level of the royal guard has been raised to the maximum since midnight; there is strict secrecy about the reason, and even the senior officers do not know.’

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