Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Saudi Arabia offers those detained an opportunity to 'pay' for their freedom

Saudi Arabia offers those detained an opportunity to 'pay' for their freedom

China will not waver in its determination to deepen strategic cooperation with Saudi Arabia, said Chinese president Xi Jinping on Thursday during a phone conversation with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz.

Among those detained are wealthy businessmen and royal family members, including Saudi Binladin group chairman Bakr Bin Laden and billionnaire prince al-Waleed bin Talal.

According to this source, the 81-year-old king intends to "continue only as a ceremonial figurehead" while "handing over official leadership of the country to his son".

"Unless something dramatic happens, King Salman will announce the appointment of MBS as King of Saudi Arabia next week, " the high level source told the paper.

China has traditionally played little role in Middle East conflicts or diplomacy, despite its reliance on the region for oil. "He will only keep the title "Custodian of the Holy Shrines".

"MBS is convinced that he has to hit Iran and Hezbollah", the Daily Mail source said.

The move is seen as the final step in the 32-year-old bin Salman's power grab, which began earlier this month with the arrests of over 40 princes and government ministers in a corruption probe.

"MBS's plan is to start the fire in Lebanon, but he's hoping to count on Israeli military backing".

"MBS can not confront Hezbollah in Lebanon without Israel".

He went on to say that the two countries should steadily push forward the integration of China's Belt and Road Initiative and the Saudi Vision 2030 plan.

The report by the Daily Mail hinted that King Salman may be suffering from dementia, which would explain a swift exchange in power while attempting to save face by keeping quiet on the matter.

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