Crown Prince’s presence at G20 Summit: A jewel in the crown of his tour


There is no doubt that Riyadh is the capital of decision-making. This description of the Saudi capital is not a new one as it has enjoyed this status from the foundation of the modern state of Saudi Arabia as a heavyweight in regional, Arab, Islamic and international arenas.

This reality was clearly manifested in the last two weeks by means of several positive factors in the wake of the paid malicious campaign aimed at weakening and demoralizing the Kingdom. During this time, the Kingdom witnessed a series of domestic tours undertaken by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in which he launched dozens of development projects worth billions of riyals in various regions of the Kingdom.

After this, Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, embarked on an Arab and international tour that took him to a number of Arab states and allies, such as the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia, Mauritania and Algeria. The jewel in the crown of this tour was his visit to Argentina to attend the G20 Summit, a gathering of the largest economic powers in the world. Saudi Arabia enjoys membership in this powerful bloc thanks to its honest and strong political and economic position, which is vital to global economic stability.

The tour of Arab nations and participation in the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires was an indication of the caliber and credibility of the Crown Prince at a time when his nation and he himself has been faced vicious media campaigns aimed at demoralizing the Saudi people as well as undermining the Kingdom’s security and stability.

Instead of realizing the desires of the channel of Hamadain (Al Jazeera), the Crown Prince was greeted with a rousing reception in all the capitals where his plane touched down. Being a charismatic personality, the Crown Prince was able to make his presence felt everywhere and carry out his great responsibility of silencing the opponents of Saudi Arabia at the venue of the G20 Summit.

On the sidelines of the Summit, the Crown Prince proved his diplomatic skills and power of personality, as was evident with his famous handshake with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The series of meetings held by the Crown Prince with leaders of major powers have virtually given sleepless nights to his enemies.

Had we believed the fake news, generated by some, we would have seen him as an isolated leader who did not have any significant meetings with major world figures. However, the reality was different and that has silenced those miserable forces and their media outlets.

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman met with the prime minister of Canada despite the existing diplomatic row in the bilateral ties between the two countries. He also met French President Emmanuel Macron, even though some in certain media circles claimed that Macron refused to meet the Saudi Crown Prince. The list of world leaders who met the Crown Prince at his place of residence in Buenos Aires was a long one. Perhaps, the most prominent among them were US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

There is no doubt that these meetings represent the obvious success of the Crown Prince’s diplomacy, which is based on an exchange of benefits, reciprocal respect, successful partnership and commitment to abide by the decisions of the G20 aimed at maintaining the permanent stability of the global economy, and the prevention of financial crises and trade wars.

As for the Arab regional tour of the Crown Prince, it dealt with many issues. In one respect, it was successful in further strengthening the Arab Quartet Coalition by emphasizing the continuation of the boycott of Qatar until it complies with the conditions set by the Kingdom, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain. On the other hand, the tour included Tunisia where the Crown Prince was instrumental in clinching economic pacts despite the presence of some anti-Saudi organizations that are under the influence of the desperate Hamadain media channel.

After attending the Buenos Aires Summit, the Crown Prince completed his Arab regional tour by undertaking visits to Mauritania and Algeria, as part of a smart diplomatic initiative to activate the relations of Saudi Arabia with its brothers in the Arab Maghreb region with which the Kingdom has strong and deep-rooted historical and religious bonds. The Crown Prince was the first high-ranking Saudi official to visit Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, in over 45 years. It was an indispensable visit during which the Crown Prince personally delivered the Kingdom’s appreciation for Mauritania’s brave countering of Iran’s attempts to expand its influence to Saudi Arabia as well as its strong position against terrorism and Islamist political outfits.

It is essential to point out that Riyadh will accomplish such a remarkable role at the regional, Arab and Islamic levels before the end of 2018 by hosting the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in its bid to hold fast to its solidarity and march forward despite despicable Qatari plots and the efforts of Doha to hamper Gulf joint efforts.

It is certain that the momentum of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman’s brilliant diplomacy that has been evident in the last months of 2018 will continue through 2019 during which the Kingdom will start preparations for hosting the G20 Summit slated for 2020. The G20 is the largest platform for global cooperation in the new world order. Saudi Arabia is the largest economic power in the Arab world. It plays a pivotal role in maintaining the stability of the global oil market and thus supporting the global economy. Similarly, the Kingdom plays an active role with its funding of the Global Infrastructure Facility.

Saudi Arabia is a large country that it rightfully placed among the major powers of the world and it has no time to react to the trivialities of minors!

The author is a Saudi writer. Follow him on Twitter: @JameelAlTheyabi