Iranian&Russian rumors ended after release of Mohammed bin Salman’s recent images

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: The speculations and rumors erupted by Iranian and Russian media about the disappearance of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ended after the issuance of an informal group picture of Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi by Bader al-Asaker, Director of the Private Office of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

Through his twitter message he said,  “A friendly meeting between the two brothers was hosted by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi a few days ago,” al-Asaker wrote in a tweet on his account.

A high level source prior to Arab diplomatic missions in Islamabad called the news as faked and confirmed that Mohammed bin Salman was safe and spending holidays in Egypt with his family on special invitation from Egyptian President Fattah el-Sisi. They added that leaders of Abu Dhabi and Bahrain are also present with MBS in Egypt.

Taking benefit from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s apparent public disappearance for three weeks, Iranian and Russian media had started reporting that the crown prince died during the April attack on the royal palace, which was totally false and rumor as no such attempt happened in Riyadh elaborated by the source.

Margherita Stancati a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Saudi Arabia in April also rejected the rumors about any coup attempt in Riyadh, and  through her twitter account said that a toy drone got too close to the King’s palace and was shot down by guards .

It is reminded that crown prince Mahmmad bin salman was seen on the occasion of Royal Rumble, and Prince Mohammad could be seen sitting with other guests watching the rumble from his chamber on 27 April. “So how was it possible to attend the royal event if there was an attack on the prince on April 21. the source questioned.

Some sources claimed that attack on the royal palace was part of a coup led by Saudi royals who are opposed to King Salman, while Saudi authorities had rejected the claim saying that the incident merely involved palace security guards firing upon a drone which allegedly was flying too close to the premises.

Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, who returned from Saudi Arabia after two weeks tour while talking with “The Fortress” confirmed that the crown prince Mahmmad bin salman was safe and sound. Ashrafi said that MBS attended two cabinet meetings after April 21 and performed multiple state responsibilities.

“I have been in Saudi Arabi on a private tour and met various personalities of the saudi government,“everything is normal in the kingdom”. Enemies who are spreading fake reports about Saudi Arabia will find nothing. “Those who are conspiring against Saudi Arabia will not be succeeded in their nefarious designs,” he said.

Despite media report released by Sputnik International discounted the rumours, stating that a week after the coup speculations, the Crown Prince, along with Saudi King Salman, was seen at the opening ceremony of a huge entertainment resort Qiddiya – an ambitious multi-billion dollar project that is expected to include a Six Flags theme park, water parks, motorsports, cultural events and vacation homes.


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