Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, in an interview with Bloomberg, in response to a question regarding Yemen and how he sees the conflict evolving and when it will end, said: “We hope it will end as soon as possible. We don’t need that on our border.”
The crown prince further added: “But of course, we don’t need to have a new Hezbollah in the Arabian Peninsula. This is a red line not only for Saudi Arabia but for the whole world.”
Mohammad bin Salman stressed: “No one wants to have Hezbollah in a Strait (in reference to the Strait of Hormuz) through which about 15 percent of the world trade goes through. We will continue to pressure them. We hope they’ll get ready as soon as possible to have negotiations and to have a deal,” in reference to the Yemeni conflict.
The interview with Bloomberg which took place at the royal palace in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Wednesday and released late on Friday, touched on a wide range of topics.
As to whether the Yemeni conflict had strained Saudi relations with allies like the UK, crown prince Mohammad bin Salman said: “Mistakes happen in all wars. Any war mistakes will happen, painful things will happen. We will try to solve it as soon as possible.”
The Saudi crown prince refused to link concerns from allies to matters of national security, saying: “It is not a matter of risking the relationship. It’s a matter of national security. We hope they understand. We try to convince them. We believe they understand the dangers in that area but if it will create problems so be it. We can’t risk our national security for the sake of relations with other countries.”