According to hundreds of pages of leaked documents, Nader sought to cultivate Elliott Broidy, the deputy finance chairman of the R.N.C., to help him influence the Trump White House on behalf of the rulers of Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. The crown prince also serves as Saudi Arabia's defense minister.
Rights groups have condemned Washington's continued transfer of arms to the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen.
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It was this message that Prince Mohammed was sending during an interview with CBS show 60 Minutes, when he told reporter Norah O'Donnell that young Saudis of his generation were the "victims" of the wave of conservatism that swept Saudi Arabia in the decades after 1979. Trump and MBS-as he is known in Washington's corridors of power-have seen eye-to-eye on concerns about Iran's military activism, Middle East peace, relaxing Saudi Arabia's deeply conservative laws and over their love for mega-investments.
The United States has resumed talks with Riyadh to secure a lucrative deal for the construction of the reactors.
But the most delicate discussions could be about Saudi Arabia's nuclear program, which is mooted as civilian-focused but could quickly become a platform for building a weapon.More news: Lalu Prasad jailed for 7 years in another fodder scam case
As the Times reports, Nader's reach also extended into the White House after the inauguration.
The Saudi invasion of Yemen is an embarrassment for the USA, both because the Saudis are doing pretty poorly and because of the thousands of civilians they are killing with US-made equipment. He's out of the country for weeks while a host of jilted princes and businessmen are fresh from being locked up in Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton hotel as a part of a dramatic anti-corruption crackdown, or perhaps shakedown.More news: TDP Decision To Quit Alliance Unfortunate, Unilateral: Amit Shah To Chandrababu Naidu
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir said this week that the Houthis have been increasingly on the defensive and that Riyadh has been consistently committed to reaching a political settlement in Yemen based on United Nations resolutions and diplomacy now led by the new United Nations envoy, former British diplomat Martin Griffiths.
Discussing his reform efforts at home, including giving women the right to drive and have more rights outside the home, Mohammed said he has worked hard to convince conservative religious leaders such restrictions are not part of Islamic doctrine.
"Saudi Arabia's crown prince has confirmed what many have long suspected - nuclear energy in Saudi Arabia is about more than just electrical power, it's about geopolitical power", Senator Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee said.More news: Take a snapshot of Stock: Mondelez International, Inc. (MDLZ)
Successive Saudi governments lost track of the effort, he said, and now "we have to get it all back".