Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has promised to return to ‘moderate Islam’ on Tuesday in the Saudi Capital Riyadh.
Crown Prince bin Salman said Saudi Arabia will return to moderate Islam ‘that is open to all religions.’
Saudi Arabia follows a strict and extreme interpretation of Islam and often accused of promoting extremists ideologies in the name of Islam.
His remarks, however, are likely to dishearten the conservatives within the kingdom and Saudi royal family members.
Mohammed bin Salman, who is popularly known as MBS declared his country would ‘eradicate the promoters of extremist thoughts.’
Mr. Mohammed demanded that his country didn’t follow extremist thoughts in the past and Saudi Arabia will return to its past.
“We are returning to what we were before – a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and the world,” bin Salman said in Riyadh.
He made these remarks in Future Investment Initiative (FII) summit held Riyadh where the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia seeks international investment in the country.
Bin Salman called on the Saudis to prepare for the post-oil world. He stated the importance of solar in the summit.
Bin Salman has lately been dealing with religious and cultural reform in Saudi Arabia. His country recently has permitted the women to drive.
In spite all of these reforms, his critics demand that he suppressed the freedom of speech and human right activists in Saudi Arabia.
Mohammed bin Salman was appointed crown prince of Saudi Arabia in June this year. Some Middle East analysts allege that he ousted former crown prince Bin Nayef in a royal coup in support with his king father.
Mr. Bin Salman is the heir to the Saudi Kingdom. He is only 32. Saudi Arabia’s long tradition of selecting an old king seems to come to an end with Bin Salman’s appointment as the crown prince.