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Saudi Crown Prince visits Boston as part of US tour

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Boston on Saturday before heading to New York as part of a multi-city tour of the United States.

While in Boston, Crown Prince Mohammed met with the heads of universities and Saudi researchers focused on science and developing artificial technology, most notably, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the world’s top universities.

On the sidelines of MIT’s 2018 Innovation to Impact Forum, the Crown Prince sponsored the signing of four scientific and technological agreements between MIT, Aramco, SABIC, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.

The most prominent of these agreements was a partnership between MIT and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology collaborating on Saudi Arabia’s $500 billion project ‘Destination of the Future’.

The partnership includes joint researches, student exchange and entrepreneurship programmes.

During his trip, Crown Prince Mohammed visited IBM Watson Health, which aims to empower advocates and influencers in the healthcare field.

According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the centre’s Senior Vice President David Kenny briefed the prince on the potential applications of artificial intelligence in healthcare.

The visit was just one of many in the Massachusetts capital as he explores “areas of cooperation between the Kingdom and the United States”, the Saudi Embassy tweeted.

The Crown Prince also toured MIT’s biomechatronics lab, where scientists work on technologies to restore function to individuals who have impaired mobility due to trauma or disease.

Saudi officials heralded bin Salman’s visit to MIT and IBM as a way to focus “on nurturing ties between the private sector and academia of the two nations”.

Crown Prince Mohammed began his three-week visit to the United States last Tuesday, and on his first day, met with US President Donald Trump.

Since then, the Crown Prince has met with US dignitaries, including Vice President Mike Pence and leaders of the US Congress as well as some of the heads of the largest corporations in America.

The visit aims to strengthen cooperation between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and seek new investment opportunities.

During a keynote speech at a gala function in Washington on Thursday, the Saudi Crown Prince said the KSA-US relationship was one built on trust and strategic partnership.

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