Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has said his country wants “good relations” with Iran. In an interview with Al Arabiya TV, Mohammed bin Salman said that Saudi Arabia wants Iran’s cooperation to lead the Middle East to prosperity. The media reported on the BBC.
But Mohammad bin Salman also reminded that Saudi Arabia has some problems with Iran. In particular, Iran’s nuclear activities, missile tests and assistance to banned weapons. The Saudi Crown Prince said Saudi Arabia was working with its regional and global allies to address these issues.
Meanwhile, the Saudi prince’s remarks came at a time when Iranian and Saudi officials are reported to have held a secret meeting in Iraq to improve relations between the two countries. However, Saudi sources have denied the allegations.
However, Iran has not acknowledged or denied the allegations. Iran says it welcomes any dialogue. Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s remarks about Iran are more restrained than in the past. Earlier in 2018, Mohammad bin Salman compared Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to Hitler.
Asked about the war in Yemen, Mohammed bin Salman said no country would want armed militias on its borders. The Saudi prince called on Yemen’s Houthi rebels to sit at the negotiating table and resolve the crisis.