While Trump has made statements siding with Saudi Arabia, Washington has shown mounting frustration over the kingdom's role in the crisis. As Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always enjoyed exemplary relations, completion of the nomination process smoothly is a matter of deep satisfaction for people of Pakistan. "One key point worth noting from today's decision is that not all of the 34 members on the Allegiance Council, which has the final say over the issue of succession in the Saudi royal family, voted in favor of the move".
Prince Mohammed is now defence minister, giving him command of one of the world's biggest arms budgets and making him ultimately responsible for Saudi Arabia's military adventure in Yemen.
- Iran, Saudi Arabia's main rival for regional influence, has called Prince Mohammed's appointment a soft coup.
Bin Salman's visit to the USA earlier this year paved the way for President Donald Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia, portrayed by the kingdom as an endorsement of its leadership role in the region.
Saudi king appoints son as crown prince.
The newly-minted crown prince has also used fighting words to describe Iran, vowing to take "the battle" to the Shiite-ruled country.
They accused Doha of supporting extremists, a charge it denies.
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Despite his ambitions, Mohammed bin Salman has faced criticism for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which has failed to dislodge Iranian-allied rebels known as Houthis from the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and has had devastating effects on the impoverished country.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday that the USA was "mystified" that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have failed to present details justifying their embargo on Qatar.
A son of the late Crown Prince Nayef who had served as interior minister since 1975 until his death from a heart attack in 2012, Prince Mohammed had been closely identified with the formidable and effective security structure built by his father.
Many Saudis on social media shared messages of support after the appointment of Prince Muhammad Bin Salman as Saudi Arabia's new crown prince on Wednesday. That visit to Washington helped lay the foundation for Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia in May, which marked the president's first overseas visit and which was promoted heavily by the kingdom as proof of its weight in the region and wider Muslim world.
Against such a background, the Prince's elevation will only prompt Saudi Arabia to turn more hawkish on regional policy, while reforms take a back seat.
"Under his watch, Saudi Arabia has developed aggressive foreign policies in Yemen and Qatar, and he has not been shy about making strong statements against Iran", Olivier Jakob at the Petromatrix oil consultancy told Reuters.