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Saudi Crown Prince vows to destroy extremism in Saudi Arabia

Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (C) and other Saudi officials in Moscow, Russia on 5 May 2017 [En.kremlin.ru]

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has vowed to destroy extremist ideologies in the Kingdom.

The 32-year-old crown prince was speaking at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh.

“We want to lead normal lives, lives where our religion and our traditions translate into tolerance, so that we coexist with the world and become part of the development of the world,” he said.

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The prince’s remarks are the first of their kind by a high-ranking Saudi official against Saudi hardliners.

“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.

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

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