"(Acronym, proper noun) Mohammed bin Salman: Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince, defence minister, chairman of the council for economic and development affairs and chief of the royal court. The 31-year-old is favourite son of King Salman, who ascended to the throne in January 2015.
Diplomats like to abbreviate the names of Gulf leaders into acronyms. This year, MbS has dominated, eclipsing MbN (Muhammad bin Nayef, the Saudi crown prince), MbZ (Abu Dhabi crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed) and MbR (Dubai ruler Mohammed bin Rashid).
The prince’s elevation to the heart of Saudi policymaking means he is a major influence over foreign policy, from the proxy war against Iran-allied rebels in Yemen, to eleventh-hour interventions at Opec, the oil producers’ cartel."
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