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Arafat meets with Jordan's King Abdullah
JOR2001010701 - 07 JANUARY 2001 - AMMAN, JORDAN: Palestinian President Yasser Arafat (right) meets with Jordan's King Abdullah (center) and Saudi Deputy Prime Minister Prince Sultan at Amman airport January 7, 2001. Arafat briefed King Abdullah on what he called huge efforts by U.S. President Bill Clinton to broker a deal between Palestinians and Israel before his term ends on January 20, 2001. bc/Handout/WAFA UPI
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Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (Arabic: سلطان بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود‎) (born 1924 or 1928) is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. He serves as the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Aviation. He is one of the Sudairi Seven. For Saudi Arabia, he has overseen billions of dollars of defense contracts with defense firms. He has been mired with corruption allegations and nicknamed "Sultan of Thieves". by his critics. He is reportedly in ill health and recently returned to Saudi Arabia after convalescing in Morocco.

Sultan was officially born on January 5, 1928 in Riyadh. Western sources claim he was born in 1924. He is the 15th son of King Abdul-Aziz and his mother is Princess Hassa Al-Sudairi.

He, along with many of his brothers, received his early education in religion, modern culture, and diplomacy at the royal court. He became Governor of Riyadh in 1947. In 1947, he oversaw ARAMCO's construction of the Kingdom's rail link between Dammam and Riyadh. He became Minister of Agriculture in 1953 and Minister of Communications in 1955.

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