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How can Saudi Arabia agree with Iran?

Iranian media outlets voiced their anger following Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent interview. He was clear and frank as he stated that Iran must choose to either be a civil state which is possible to agree with within the framework of mutual interests and according to the pillars of secular work or it can remain a revolutionary state that bases its foreign policy on doctrinal myths.

The prince also spoke about Moscow during the interview. He said Russia is a country that’s possible to agree with as no matter how different its projects and orientations are, it’s still possible to agree with it because there is a common background and because the basis of negotiations is based on developments on the ground, on the calculations of interests and on seeking points of weakness and strength. 

On talks with Rafsanjani 

He recalled negotiations with former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and said this was a stage that “bit” them, adding that: “A believer is not bitten from the same hole twice.”

It’s easy. Iran must be a civil state that respects international charters and commits to not interfering in the affairs of other countries and not harming their sovereignty. If Iran commits to this, most of its problems with neighboring countries will end.

Turki Aldakhil


It’s easy. Iran must be a civil state that respects international charters and commits to not interfering in the affairs of other countries and not harming their sovereignty. If Iran commits to this, most of its problems with neighboring countries will end.

This article was first published in Okaz on May 7.
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Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.
 

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Last Update: Sunday, 7 May 2017 KSA 09:11 - GMT 06:11
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