Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah pointed out that “Lebanon will not prosper without political reform and the abandonment of Hezbollah’s militias,” indicating that Lebanon has the ingredients for success but needs reform.
The Saudi foreign minister expressed to Al Arabiya his country’s optimism about an excellent relationship with America under the administration of President Joe Biden. “The appointments in the Biden administration indicate his understanding of the files,” he said.
He stressed that a historical relationship links Saudi Arabia 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 interests that have not changed,” he added.
He added, “We will consult with America about 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. “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 prosperity of its people,” he said. “Our hand is extended to peace with Iran, but it does not abide by its agreements,” he said, stressing that Iran’s calls for dialogue aim to procrastinate and escape from its crises.
As for the Yemeni issue, he said, “The Riyadh Agreement is the building block for a political solution and a comprehensive settlement to the Yemen crisis. If the Houthis decide that the interest of Yemen is the most important, it will facilitate reaching a solution, ”indicating that the designation of the Houthis as a terrorist organization by Washington deserves to be classified. 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 regional stability and Arab security, indicating that Saudi Arabia and Iraq have opportunities for integration and there is continuous coordination between the two countries on security and economic levels. He said the government of Mustafa al-Kazemi is doing strong work to build Iraqi institutions. He also stressed the Kingdom’s keenness to increase economic interdependence with Iraq.
As for the Syrian file, the Saudi foreign minister said, “Our position is consistent with the Syria crisis, which is to support efforts to reach a peaceful solution.” On the Al-Ula statement, he said, “The Al-Ula agreement will be a strong basis for Gulf and Arab coordination.”
He said, “Al-Ula agreement lays the basis for solving all outstanding problems, and we trust that everyone who signs 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, and there is a Saudi technical team working on that.