Khashoggi murder: US softens towards Saudi leader

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"There has been a concerted effort [inside MBS' circle in the Royal Court] to rehabilitate the image of MBS and Saudi Arabia more broadly," says Michael Stephens, associate fellow at London think-tank the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi). "The kingdom has been focussing heavily on economic opportunities," he adds, "while the [earlier] fiery rhetoric about regional security has been toned down."


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