Saudi crown prince will miss Queen’s funeral

Saudi crown prince will miss Queen’s funeral
Saudi crown prince will miss Queen’s funeral

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony for the 95th group of cadets at King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 23, 2018. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy from the Saudi royal court/Handout via REUTERS

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LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – De facto Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is no longer expected to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday, a British Foreign Office source said on Sunday, contrary to British expectations.

Saudi Arabia would instead be represented by Prince Turki bin Mohammed al Saud, the source said. Prince Turki has been Minister of State and member of the cabinet since 2018. He is the grandson of the late King Fahd and is part of the new generation brought to power by Prince Mohammed.

The change was made by Saudi Arabia, the source added.

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Britain has invited the heads of state of its allies to attend, but it is to those nations who to send.

Saudi representation at the funeral was closely watched for any signs of a fresh thaw in a diplomatic chill Western countries imposed on Prince Mohammed after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi insider-turned-critic, who, according to the services of American intelligence, has been approved by the Crown Prince.

He denied any role in the murder. In 2020, Saudi Arabia imprisoned eight people between the ages of seven and 20 for Khashoggi’s murder.

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Reporting by William James and Aziz El Yaakoubi, editing by William Maclean, Paul Sandle and Alison Williams

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The article is in French

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