Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Want A Better Relationship With Iran In Future Events – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says his country wants “good relations” with its arch-foe Iran.
He made this statement in an interview with Al Arabiya TV which aired on Tuesday (27/04) evening local time.He said Saudi Arabia did not want a “difficult situation” with Iran.
“At the end of the day, Iran is a neighbor and what we hope is for good relations” . “Our problem lies with Iran’s misdeeds, from its nuclear program to its support of banned militias in the region, or its ballistic missile launches,” said Mohammed bin Salman.
“We are working with regional and global partners to find solutions to these problems and we look forward to working on them for the benefit of everyone.” The crown prince’s comments this time were much more measured than in previous years because in 2018, he compared Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to Adolf Hitler.
Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Want A Better Relationship With Iran In Future Events
Mohammed bin Salman’s declaration as Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler came days after reports emerged that officials from the two countries had been secretly holding talks in Iraq in an effort to improve relations.
Saudi Arabian sources dispute the contents of the report. But Iran’s Foreign Ministry neither denied nor confirmed it, instead only saying it “always welcomes dialogue”. Saudi Arabia, which positions itself as the leading power of Sunni Muslim Islam, and Iran as the country with the most Shia Muslims in the world, have been involved in a struggle for influence in the region for decades.
But over the past few years, the rivalry has been exacerbated by proxy wars in the Middle East region. In Yemen, in a war since 2015 the Saudi-led coalition of Sunni Muslim countries is backing pro-government forces against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
Iran denies it is smuggling weapons to the Houthis. The group has intensified drone and missile attacks on cities and oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. When asked about the Yemen war, which the United Nations has classified as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, Mohammed bin Salman said no country wants armed militias along its borders.
He called on the Houthi rebels, who rejected Saudi Arabia’s proposal for a ceasefire last month, to immediately “sit down at the negotiating table” to find a solution that can “guarantee the rights of the Yemeni people as well as the interests of the region”.
In addition to the Yemen war, the Saudis have accused Iran of meddling in affairs in Lebanon and Iraq. Iran-backed Shia militias in both countries have great military and political influence. Saudi Arabia also accused Iran of attacking cargo ships and oil carriers in Gulf waters and of being behind missile and drone attacks in 2019 targeting oil installations.