Saudi Arabia: Our relationship with America is institutional, and our common interests have not changed
Friday – 9 Jumada Al-Akhira 1442 AH – January 22, 2021 AD Issue No. [
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan (EPA)
Riyadh: «Middle East»
The Saudi minister’s assurances came within statements to Al-Arabiya, where he expressed his country’s optimism about “an excellent relationship with America under the administration of the new US President Joe Biden,” indicating that the appointments in the Biden administration indicate his understanding of the files.
Prince Faisal bin Abdullah also affirmed that Saudi Arabia has a historical relationship with the United States, and said, “We have dealt excellently with administrations of Republicans and Democrats.”
“Our relationship with America is that of our common institutions and our interests have not changed.” He added, “We will consult with America regarding the agreement with Iran, so that it will have a strong basis,” explaining that European countries understand that the previous agreement with Tehran contained shortcomings. He said, “The weakness of previous agreements with Iran is due to the lack of coordination with the countries of the region, and the Iranian regime must change its ideas and focus on the welfare of its people.”
On the Yemeni issue, the Saudi Foreign Minister told Al-Arabiya that “the Riyadh agreement is the building block for a political solution and a comprehensive settlement to the Yemen crisis.” He added, “If the Houthis decide that the interest of Yemen is the most important, it will facilitate reaching a solution,” indicating that the Houthis are classified as a terrorist organization By Washington a rating deserved.
He stressed that “the Biden administration will find that our goals are common with regard to the situation in Yemen.”
Regarding the Iraqi file, Prince Faisal bin Farhan stressed that the stability of Iraq is an essential element for the stability of the region and Arab security, noting that Saudi Arabia and Iraq have opportunities for integration and that there is continuous coordination between the two countries on security and economic levels, indicating that the government of Mustafa Al-Kazimi is doing strong work to build Iraqi institutions, Stressing Saudi Arabia’s keenness to increase economic interdependence with Iraq.
Turning to the Saudi foreign minister, the Syrian file, he said: “Our position is consistent with the Syria crisis, which is to support efforts to reach a peaceful solution.”
He also dealt with the Lebanese issue, and said, “Lebanon will not prosper without political reform and the abandonment of Hezbollah’s militias,” indicating that Lebanon has elements for success but needs reform.
On the Al-Ula statement, he said that “the Al-Ula agreement will be a strong basis for Gulf and Arab coordination.” He added that the Al-Ula agreement “lays the basis for resolving all outstanding problems, and we trust that everyone who signed the Al-Ula agreement has the intention to implement it.” He also stressed that all four countries agree on the importance of reconciliation with Qatar, adding that the opening of the Saudi embassy in Doha will take place within days. He said, “There is a Saudi technical team working on that.”
On the other hand, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the Saudi Foreign Minister, met yesterday in Riyadh with his Afghan counterpart, Muhammad Hanif Atmar, and discussed with him the relations between the two countries and the prospects for joint cooperation, in addition to developments in the region, and regional and international issues of common interest.