Israel a ‘potential ally’ of Saudi Arabia: MbS
The crown prince has also said the kingdom may be looking to cut its investments in the US and that he 'does not care' what US President Biden thinks of him
By News Desk - March 03 2022

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MbS) said on 3 March that the kingdom does not view Israel as an enemy, but rather as a “potential ally.”

“There are many opportunities and interests that Riyadh and Tel Aviv can achieve together, but there first needs to be a solution with regards to the Palestinian issue,” the crown prince is quoted by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) as saying.

SPA also reported that Riyadh may be looking to reduce its investments in the US.

“The same way we have the possibility of boosting our interests, we have the possibility of reducing them,” MbS said speaking in reference to the kingdom’s investments in the US, which amount to about $800 billion.

“Saudi investments in China are less than $100 billion, but they are growing very quickly,” MbS said.

Meanwhile, in an interview with The Atlantic the crown prince said that he does “not care” what US president Joe Biden thinks of him, and that the US should focus on its own interests.

The White House released an intelligence report last year implicating MbS in the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an accusation that the crown prince denies vehemently.

In reference to the ongoing talks between the kingdom and Iran, MbS mentioned that “Iran is a neighbor forever, we cannot get rid of them and they cannot get rid of us.”

MbS stressed that the kingdom will continue in its talks with Tehran, and will work towards a solution that will be good for both countries.

The crown prince also discussed the kingdom’s relationship with Qatar, stating that Saudi Arabia has an excellent relationship with its fellow GCC ally, and that Doha shares the same views, security risks, and challenges as Saudi Arabia.

According to MbS, “the Gulf states’ goal and focus is on how to build a wonderful future.”

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