Shamal's role expands as Riyadh and Washington's go-between
Shamal Investment has been active since the 2000s but it is increasingly centre-stage these days, thanks to its owner Faisal bin Farhan's relationship with the Salman clan. [...]
Saudi Arabia Military Industries, a cornerstone in Saudi Arabia’s revenue diversification strategy, has become the focus of considerable attention. Established by the country’s ambitious Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, SAMI’s role is to work directly with foreign defence companies that want to do business with the kingdom. That is quite a task and one that is proving hard for SAMI to accomplish. Intelligence Online has the inside track on ongoing negotiations, the key players and channels involved with this new Saudi Arabian focal point.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is looking to take back the initiative in a number of conflicts of influence that he himself started with Qatar, Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood and other parties. Four key figures are leading the Saudi official's offensive. [...]