Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday will give his first speech to an international audience since the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Mohammed bin Salman is to address the Future Investment Initiative summit in Riyadh on Wednesday afternoon. The summit is the Crown Prince’s brainchild, an effort to draw much-needed foreign direct investment into the kingdom to create jobs for its young population.

On Tuesday, the first day of the summit in Riyadh, the Crown Prince sat alongside King Abdullah II of Jordan during an afternoon session.

Crown Prince Mohammed also looked at some promotional booths outside the main hall as an excited crowd of mostly young Saudi men recorded the encounter on their phones.

At one summit session, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih described Khashoggi’s slaying as ‘abhorrent’.

“As we all know, these are difficult days for us in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Nobody in the kingdom can justify it or explain it. From the leadership on down, we’re very upset of what has happened,” he said.

In Riyadh on Tuesday, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed received Khashoggi’s son, Salah, and his brother, Sahel, at the Yamama Palace, where the royals expressed their condolences.

Source: Associate Press