Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal sits for an interview with Reuters in the office of the suite where he has been detained at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia January 27, 2018, REUTERS/Katie Paul
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Following are excerpts of a Reuters interview with Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained in the kingdom's sweeping corruption probe.He spoke with Reuters for 30 minutes in a suite at Riyadh's opulent Ritz-Carlton hotel, where he has been held since November. It was the first time the prince, one of the nation's most prominent businessmen, has spoken publicly since his detention.Q: What kind of settlement is under discussion?Will you give up stakes in companies?Does it perhaps have to do with your father, Prince Talal, not supporting Prince Mohammed bin Salman's rise to power?Q: Do you expect to retain ownership of Kingdom Holding and stakes in companies like Citigroup?Q: Are you able to speak with the leaders of your company?Q: Do you expect that you'll maintain ownership of your homes in Saudi Arabia?Q: Has there been any discussion of pledges of future income, a donation of some sort or a promise to investment in Aramco or the PIF projects?Q: When you hold your discussions with the government, what do they ask about?Is this process good for Saudi Arabia?
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