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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.

Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow at the Brooking Institute and author of "Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States since FDR," tells Axios the Saudis will avoid questions on the war in Yemen, as well as "awkward and embarrassing questions about Gulf money trails" to Jared Kushner.

  • Per Riedel: "A crucial issue for the Saudi Prince is the status of Kushner, who has been the palace’s main interlocutor."
  • When the Prince gets to the U.K., Riedel says to expect "demonstrations against the Saudi war in Yemen."

Middle East Institute expert on Saudi Arabia, Tom Lippman, told Axios the trip will mostly be "ritual theater," including a "big welcome, restatement of mutual support, maybe a few deals."

Prince Mohammad also wants to make the case that Saudi Arabia is reforming, and an attractive destination for foreign investment, per Reuters.

Worth noting: Sens. Bernie Sanders, Chris Murphy, and Mike Lee introduced a resolution last week that would pull U.S. support from Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

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Brazil begins distributing AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

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Brazil on Saturday began distributing the 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine that arrived from India Friday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Brazil has the third highest COVID-19 case-count in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The 2 million doses "only scratch the surface of the shortfall," Brazilian public health experts told the AP.

Sullivan speaks with Israel's national security adviser for the first time

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U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke on the phone Saturday with his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben Shabbat, Israeli officials tell Axios.

Why it matters: This is the first contact between the Biden White House and Israeli prime minister's office. During the transition, the Biden team refrained from speaking to foreign governments.

Biden speaks to Mexican president about reversing Trump's "draconian immigration policies"

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President Biden told his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on a phone call Friday that he plans to reverse former President Trump’s “draconian immigration policies.”

The big picture: The Biden administration has already started repealing several of Trump’s immigration policies, including ordering a 100-day freeze on deporting many unauthorized immigrants, halting work on the southern border wall, and reversing plans to exclude undocumented people from being included in the 2020 census.