Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has vowed to eradicate Islamic extremism as he tries to modernize the country by opening the economy to international investors and easing restrictions on women.
“We are only returning to what we used to be, to moderate Islam, open to the world and all religions,” the 32-year-old prince said at a conference in Riyadh. “We won’t waste 30 years of our lives dealing with any extremist ideas. We will eradicate extremism.”
Prince Mohammed, the kingdom’s predominant leader, is spearheading efforts to prepare Saudi Arabia for the post-oil era. He announced on Tuesday plans to build a new city on the Red Sea coast with more than $500 billion in investments that will offer a lifestyle not available in today’s Saudi Arabia. In the course of the prince’s meteoric rise to power since 2015, he’s announced plans to sell a stake in oil giant Saudi …