Saudi rulers rally support on home front as international pressure mounts

King Salman has set out on his first national tour since assuming the throne amid a global outcry over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, writes Vivian Nereim

18th November, 2018
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has embarked on a tour of Saudi Arabia

It has been more than a decade since any Saudi monarch went to Ha’il, once an outpost on the old pilgrimage trail to Mecca. King Salman’s arrival last week in the northern province his father conquered a century ago showed the importance of rallying the home front as international support for Saudi Arabia falters.

As a global outcry over the killing of a government critic morphs into a US demand for...

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