Why is this king in Saudi Arabia?
KING 5: Why is he in Saudi?
It’s a bit complicated, King Mohammed bin Salman has told his son Mohammed bin Nayef, according to an account of the meeting on Sunday by the Saudi newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat.
The Saudi crown prince said that the king is “very upset” over the death of his son, who was also killed in a Saudi air strike in Yemen.
The Saudis have accused the Houthis of being behind the attack, though the rebels deny any involvement.
Saudi Arabia, along with other Arab states, has been fighting the Houthi rebels since March 2015.
The Houthis have also accused Saudi Arabia of supporting the rebels, an accusation Riyadh has denied.
The two countries have also launched air strikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) targets in Yemen, as well as the Houths in their southern stronghold.
The White House has called for an end to Saudi support for the Houthist rebels.
Al-Sharab says that the Saudi leader was “extremely angry” at the killing of his half-brother, but said that it was not the first time he has “rejected” a request to allow a cousin to be the next king of Saudi Arabia.
King Salman’s cousin Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman bin Saud bin Abdul-Aziz, a son of the late King Fahd, died in a Riyadh hospital in February.
The White House also released a statement on Sunday saying that the Saudis “have the right to determine the next monarch, but have never been able to do so.”
Saudi Arabia is home to some 1.5 million people, according the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.