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Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman pledges a ‘moderate’ Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday vowed to restore “moderate, open” Islam in a kingdom known for its ultra-conservative rule.

world Updated: Oct 24, 2017 18:59 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Riyadh
Crown prince,Mohammed bin Salman,Saudi Arabia Crown Prince
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, attends the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.(Reuters Photo)

Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday vowed to restore “moderate, open” Islam in a kingdom known for its ultra-conservative rule.

“We are returning to what we were before -- a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world,” he said at an economic forum in Riyadh.

“We will not spend the next 30 years of our lives dealing with destructive ideas. We will destroy them today,” he added.

“We will end extremism very soon.”

First Published: Oct 24, 2017 18:59 IST