Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said in an interview broadcasted on Al Arabiya TV in parallel with Saudi TV that Iran is trying to control the Muslim world.
“The regime is based on an extremist ideology, so how can it be understood?” he added, while stating that Saudi Arabia is a key target of the Iranian regime.
The Deputy Crown Prince said that, “Saudi-Egyptian relations run deep,” and that the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to promote differences between the two nations.
He added that specialized teams are working on the King Salman bridge, linking Saudi Arabia to Egypt’s Northern Sinai, and that the stone foundation should be complete before 2020.
“There is no Saudi-Egyptian dispute over the Maritime Borders Convention,” he said.
The Saudi prince said that the war in Yemen was not an option for Saudi Arabia, pointing out that if the Arab coalition forces did not intervene, the alternative would be “much worse.”
He stated that the Houthi militias were a threat to international shipping and neighboring countries to Yemen. Terrorist activity in Yemen have also begun to exploit the work of these militias.
“If we waited longer, the danger would be inside Saudi territory,” he added.
“We can stop the Houthis and Saleh loyalists in a few days, but we do not want civilian casualties,” he asserted.
He emphasized that the Saudi armed forces achieved a great victory explaining that at the beginning of the operations the legitimacy controlled zero percent of the territory while today they have regained over 85 percent of the land.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman hinted that the international coalition, which includes more than 60 countries, has been fighting ISIS and was only able to recover one third of the territory of Iraq and Syria since 2014. While the 10 countries led by Saudi Arabia achieved a major accomplishment in just a short period of time, which in itself is a major achievement for Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi prince said that the situation in Syria “very complex” and that former US President Barack “Obama missed important opportunities to make changes there.”
“Escalated tensions between major powers in Syria could lead to international crisis,” he added.