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Analysts: Saudi Crown Prince’s Interview Silenced Doubters

Analysts: Saudi Crown Prince’s Interview Silenced Doubters

Sunday, 7 October, 2018 - 06:45
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Getty Images)
Riyadh, Kuwait – Abdulhadi Habtor and Wael Mahdi
Analysts stressed that the interview by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, to Bloomberg on Friday has silenced doubters concerning a number of local and international files.

They added that his statements were based on facts and trusted information.

Political science professor at King Abdulaziz University Dr. Sadaqa Fadel said that his statements “came at the right time and by the right person.”

“His statements helped clarify everything, whether to the United States or others, who are trying to manipulate US President Donald Trump’s recent comments about the Kingdom,” he continued.

He explained that Prince Mohammed said that Saudi Arabia was established before the United States and it depends on God and its people in defending itself.

When it buys weapons from other countries, it is paying for them, he went on to say.

Fadel ruled out the possibility that Saudi-American ties would be negatively affected, saying that Prince Mohammed asserted so himself when he underlined how historic and deep these ties are.

Trump’s statements will not harm this strategic relationship, he stressed.

“We will work with the US because this serves the interests of our countries,” he stated.

Political science professor at al-Imam University Dr. Abdullah al-Assaf said that Prince Mohammed’s statements were a strong and firm response to everyone who was doubting Saudi Arabia's ability to defend itself.

“As Saudis, we are proud of our leadership and nation. The leadership preserved the security and stability of not just Saudi Arabia, but the region,” he stated.

The Bloomberg interview proved that Prince Mohammed is deeply informed on all files, he added.

“He demonstrated Saudi Arabia’s strength against doubters,” Assaf stressed.

Moreover, he said that the Kingdom “never received anything as charity. Saudi Arabia has a policy of purchasing various weapons from the US, Europe, Russia and China.”

“Prince Mohammed explained that this strategy is applied to several countries, but it shifted to the US after Trump came to power,” he said.

In addition, Assaf remarked that one should not exaggerate Trump’s statements about Saudi Arabia, saying instead that they should be assessed calmly and in the same way popular speeches are handled.

“We should not make tense media responses because his remarks were directed to the American public,” he explained.

“Trump wanted to tickle his supporters. We must get accustomed to such statements because they are directed to a certain voter base and made at a time of elections” in the US, he went on to say.

Moreover, Assaf noted that this was not the first time that Saudi Arabia’s name was dragged into American elections.

The Kingdom is often mentioned during electoral campaigns, he remarked, saying that this demonstrates its “iconic status in the region and world.”

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