The state news agency SPA said Prince Mohammed, 32, who has embarked on reforms to modernise Saudi Arabia, would discuss "bilateral relations and matters of common interest", without elaborating.
"The influence that we derive with them is by working with them", Votel said, adding that he believes the Saudis are adopting American-style procedures to limit civilian casualties.
"If I have the power and the king has the power, you are already strong", the crown prince responded when asked if the arrests were indeed a move to consolidate more power.
One example is the summit that the administration had hoped to host this year with the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which could be hard to arrange given the continuing crisis with Qatar.
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Prince Mohammed was named heir to the throne of the desert kingdom nine months ago and has grown increasingly powerful in its government.
The competition among nuclear energy development companies to sign a deal with Riyadh is expected to be fierce.
The kingdom has plans to build 16 nuclear power reactors within 25 years, according to the World Nuclear Association.
Mohammed is one of Saudi Arabia's top politicians, so he will come to Washington to meet with officials from the Trump administration, as well as congressional members from both sides of the aisle, which will fortify the long-standing relationship between our two countries. "Now, unfortunately, I was added to that group, but fortunately, I am out of it right now and life is back to normal", he told Bloomberg's Erik Schatzker in an interview set to air on Tuesday.More news: Amazon said to be weighing up Toys R Us store buys
On Yemen, the Saudi envoy insisted that the kingdom had not sought war but had been drawn in while trying to shore up the rule of the recognized president against his domestic rivals.
But in the same document, the Pentagon maintains that it believes the Saudi-led coalition has become better at preventing civilian casualties ― offering no evidence of how the US can know that. But the unstinting support Trump offered when he chose Riyadh as the destination of his first overseas trip as president brought the relationship to a new level.
"Ultimately, discussions will center on how we can find joint ways to make Russian Federation pay a price for its activities in Syria and its support for Iran's missile proliferation into Yemen, all of which risk deepening this crisis and leading to a major regional catastrophe", the official said Monday. "Every problem is Iran".
"The laws are very clear and stipulated in Sharia: that women wear decent, respectful clothing, like men", Salman said in an interview with CBS on Sunday. "But without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible". In May 1999, Saudi defense minister Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz visited the Kahuta Research Laboratories and he and Sharif were briefed there by German-educated scientist and father of the Pakistani bomb A. Q. Khan on the progress with nuclear devices.
Fighting between the Huthi movement, supported by Iran, and Yemeni government forces, backed by the Saudis and the UAE, has claimed almost 10,000 lives and left the country on the verge of a disastrous starvation.More news: Interstellar asteroid, 'Oumuamua, likely came from a binary star system
It's payback for the Saudi royal welcome Trump received on his first foreign outing as president last summer.