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    US Looks Forward to Working With Saudi Crown Prince on Countering Terrorism

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    As Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud named his 31-year-old son Mohammad bin Salman the new crown prince, the US State Department issued a statement saying Washington is ready to work with the new appointee on combating terrorism.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States is looking forward to cooperating with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on security and countering terrorism, US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement on Wednesday.

    "We look forward to continuing our work with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his new role to defeat terrorism and improve our mutual security, stability, and prosperity," Nauert stated.

    Earlier in the day, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud replaced Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, the king's nephew, with his 31-year-old son Mohammad bin Salman. Local media also reported that Muhammad bin Nayef has lost the post of the interior minister. The new crown prince will continue to serve as the nation's defense minister.

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