Saudis brace for ‘nightmare’ of U.S.-Iran rapprochement

When Saudi Arabia’s veteran foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, made no annual address to the United Nations General Assembly last week for the first time ever, his unspoken message could hardly have been louder.

For most countries, refusing to give a scheduled speech would count as little more than a diplomatic slap on the wrist, but for staid Saudi Arabia, which prefers backroom politicking to the public arena, it was uncharacteristically forthright.

Engaged in what they see as a life-and-death struggle for the future of the Middle East with arch-rival Iran, Saudi rulers are furious that the international body has taken no action over Syria, where they and Tehran back opposing sides.

Unlike in years past, they are not only angry with permanent Security Council members China and Russia, however, but with the United States, which they believe has repeatedly let down its Arab friends with policies they see as both weak and naive.

One response to “Saudis brace for ‘nightmare’ of U.S.-Iran rapprochement

  1. Daniel Moshe Johnson

    Long overdue, no need to be concerned for a country whose ideology has a bad track record when it comes to individuals freedoms.

    They are preparing nuclear armament everyday, and they can careless for proper inspections and have made it clear their intentions for Israel and the US.

    The problem will now be the mass demonstrations of Western Arabs and there sympathizers protesting and in worst case, the start uprisings on our soil.

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