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What to expect from Saudi crown prince's first trip abroad as heir

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photo: Fayez Nureldine / AFP / Getty Images

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Egypt today on the first leg of his first trip abroad since being named Saudi Arabia's heir. The trip will include stops in Cairo, London, and New York, per the Guardian.

Why it matters: Saudi Arabia is going through what the Guardian terms "one of the most extraordinary periods in the country’s modern history, a time of overhaul at home and upheaval in the region." Prince Mohammed has accumulated power very quickly, and used it to jail millionaires in what he calls an anti-corruption drive, wage war in Yemen and launch cultural reforms.