US President Barack Obama will meet with Saudi Arabia’s powerful deputy crown prince on Friday and the two are expected to discuss conflicts in the Middle East including the campaign against Islamic State, a White House spokesman said on Thursday. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the son of King Salman, is on a visit to the United States aimed at restoring frayed relations
with Washington and to promote a plan to slash the kingdom’s dependence on oil revenues. Friday’s meeting will take place at the White House. White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the meeting would provide an opportunity to discuss issues including the conflicts in Syria and Yemen and “our cooperation with the Saudis in the campaign against ISIL,” as Islamic State is also known.