"Their files will be the catalog of every untoward incident, from the truly illegal to the maybe just embarrassing," Mr. Riedel said. While Western officials presume that Mr. Aljabri's knowledge of those secrets lies behind the crown prince's efforts to return him to Saudi Arabia, two people briefed on his case, one American and one Saudi, said that Saudi authorities have justified the efforts by accusing Mr. Aljabri of corruption. The two people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share the information, said that Mr. Aljabri is accused of using his position to amass a personal fortune and that the prince wanted the money back. The Saudi authorities have not made public any corruption allegations against Mr. Aljabri. Prince Mohammed rocketed to power after his father, King Salman, ascended the throne in 2015, and Mr. Aljabri's standing faltered as Prince Mohammed's rose.
CAIRO – Saudi Arabia's crown prince says Qatar will not be barred from an Arab summit in Riyadh later this month, but predicted the standoff with Doha could last a long time. Prince Mohammed bin Salman's comments were made to local editors during a visit to Egypt this week and published Wednesday in the independent Al-Shorouk newspaper. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in June, accusing the tiny but super-rich Gulf state of supporting militant groups and forging close ties with Shiite Iran. The prince described Iran, Turkey and militant groups as the "contemporary triangle of evil." He said Saudi Arabia was seeking to end the close relations between Iran on the one hand and Russia and Syria on the other.