April 28, 2021


Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman, told Al Arabiya TV that he wants “good relations” with its arch-rival Iran. Also, that his country wanted Iran to assist in bringing stability to the Middle East.

He expressed concern about “Iran’s negative actions,” citing the country’s nuclear program, missile launches, and support for “outlaw militias.”

For decades, Saudi Arabia, which considers itself to be the leading Sunni Muslim power; and Iran, the largest Shia Muslim country, have been at odds for regional supremacy.

However, proxy wars in the Middle East have intensified their rivalry in recent years.

Also, Saudi Arabia was a fervent supporter of the 2015 nuclear deal that restricted Iran’s nuclear program; and it backed then-US President Donald Trump’s decision to scrap it and reimpose economic sanctions three years ago.

Iran is currently negotiating indirectly with President Joe Biden’s administration about how to resurrect the agreement after violating key nuclear restrictions.

Comments by Saudi Arabia’s Prince

Prince Mohammed, Saudi Arabia’s de facto monarch, has made more measured remarks than in previous years. In 2018, he compared Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, to Adolf Hitler.

“At the end of the day, Iran is a neighbouring country and all that we hope for is to have good relations.”

“Our problem is with Iran’s negative behaviour, from its nuclear programme, to its support for outlaw militias in the region, or its firing of ballistic missiles,” he added.

“We are working with our regional and global partners to find solutions to these problems and we hope to overcome them for good relations that benefit everyone.”

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