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Crown prince faces headwinds on nuclear deal, Yemen during U.S. visit

Saudi Crown Prince MBS and President Trump in Oval Office
President Trump meets Prince Mohammed in the Oval Office on March 20, 2018. Photo: Kevin Dietsch / Getty Images

President Trump gave a warm welcome to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s at the White House on Tuesday, sustaining what some have called an all-time high in U.S.–Saudi relations. Prince Mohammed's primary goal will be to build on the already close ties with team Trump to advance the kingdom’s economic development and diversification plans by courting investment from U.S. technology, energy, finance and entertainment companies.

Yes, but: Despite warming relations, a number of key issues — including Saudi Arabia's nuclear aspirations, involvement in the Yemeni civil war and human rights concerns — could create roadblocks.