In this piece, I will try to focus on the impact of the Iranian-Western nuclear deal on two of the region’s polar opposites; Iran and Saudi Arabia. Before U.S. President Barack Obama launched negotiations with the Iranian regime, the relationship was easy to define. Saudi Arabia was in the same camp as the U.S. with regard to economic and political policies, however now, Obama’s administration does not only consider Iran as a partner in terms of the nuclear talks but also views it as a partner in its military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and against the Afghan Taliban. The U.S. is actually no longer an enemy of Ayatollah Khomeini’s regime.
The Saudi stance
A view from the Gulf
Saudi Arabia, along with the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, are capable of confronting Iran if that’s what it takesAbdulrahman al-Rashed