Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said in an interview broadcasted on Al Arabiya TV on 2nd May 2017 in parallel with Saudi TV that Iran is trying to control the Muslim world.
“The regime is based on an extremist ideology, so how can it be understood?” he added, while stating that Saudi Arabia is a key target of the Iranian regime.
The Saudi prince told Al-Arabia during the interview on 2nd May that the war in Yemen was not an option for Saudi Arabia, pointing out that if the Arab coalition forces did not intervene, the alternative would be “much worse.”
He stated that the Houthi militias were a threat to international shipping and neighbouring countries to Yemen. Terrorist activity in Yemen has also begun to exploit the work of these militias.
“If we waited longer, the danger would be inside Saudi territory,” he added.
“We can stop the Houthis and Saleh loyalists in a few days, but we do not want civilian casualties,” he asserted.
He emphasized that the Saudi armed forces achieved a great victory explaining that at the beginning of the operations the legitimacy controlled zero percent of the territory while today they have regained over 85 percent of the land.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman hinted that the international coalition, which includes more than 60 countries, has been fighting ISIS and was only able to recover one third of the territory of Iraq and Syria since 2014. While the 10 countries led by Saudi Arabia achieved a major accomplishment in just a short period of time, which in itself is a major achievement for Saudi Arabia.
However, before that, Saudi Arabia has demanded at the Munich security conference that Iran be punished, saying that the country was propping up the Syrian government, developing ballistic missiles and funding separatists in Yemen (Aljazeera, 19th February 2017).
Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, described Iran as the main sponsor of global "terrorism" and a destabilising force in the Middle East.
"Iran remains the single main sponsor of terrorism in the world," he told delegates at the conference.
"It's determined to upend the order in the Middle East ... [and] until and unless Iran changes its behaviour, it would be very difficult to deal with a country like this."
The international community needed to set clear "red lines" to halt Iran's actions, Jubeir said, calling for banking, travel and trade restrictions aimed at changing Iran's behaviour.