Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Saudi Arabia Breaks Code of Silence: Slams US on Iran

Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz al Saud 

Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone - Mohammed Bin Nawaf Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

We believe that many of the West's policies on both Iran and Syria risk the stability and security of the Middle East. This is a dangerous gamble, about which we cannot remain silent, and will not stand idly by.

While international efforts have been taken to remove the weapons of mass destruction used by the murderous regime of Bashar al-Assad, surely the West must see that the regime itself remains the greatest weapon of mass destruction of all.

The Assad regime is bolstered by the presence of Iranian forces in Syria. They are there to support an evil regime that is harming the Syrian people. It is a familiar pattern for Iran, which has financed and trained militias in Iraq, Hizbullah terrorists in Lebanon and militants in Yemen and Bahrain. Moreover, the West has allowed the Iranian government to continue its program for uranium enrichment, with all the consequent dangers of weaponization.

Saudi Arabia has enormous responsibilities within the region, as the cradle of Islam and one of the Arab world’s most significant political powers. We have global responsibilities — economic and political — as the world’s de facto central banker for energy. 

We will act to fulfill these responsibilities, with or without the support of our Western partners. Nothing is ruled out in our pursuit of sustainable peace and stability in the Arab World...

Saudi Arabia will continue on this new track for as long as proves necessary. We expected to be standing shoulder to shoulder with our friends and partners who have previously talked so much about the importance of moral values in foreign policy. But this year, for all their talk of "red lines," when it counted, our partners have seemed all too ready to concede our safety and risk our region's stability.
The writer is Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Britain.
(New York Times)

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