Bahraini Crown Prince Stresses Saudi Role in Ensuring Regional Security

Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Asharq Al-Awsat
Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Asharq Al-Awsat
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Bahraini Crown Prince Stresses Saudi Role in Ensuring Regional Security

Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Asharq Al-Awsat
Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Asharq Al-Awsat

Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa stressed Saudi Arabia’s role in achieving regional peace and stability and supporting development and investment efforts for everyone’s benefit.

He praised Saudi-Bahrain strong ties and added that they always look forward to strengthening them in various fields under the leadership of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

This came during the meeting between Prince Salman and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on the sidelines of the 14th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Manama Dialogue.

The Crown Prince hailed Saudi Arabia's keenness to attend and participate in the forum’s activities, adding that it contributes significantly to its success.

He said the Kingdom holds a global position, stressing its prominent role in supporting security, peace and development issues at the regional and international levels.

During the meeting, both parties discussed the most important topics at the regional and international levels, issues of common interest and the most important axes discussed by the Manama Dialogue Forum, the annual security conference in Bahrain.

Jubeir, for his part, expressed Saudi Arabia’s appreciation for Bahrain’s support towards the bilateral relationship and regional cooperation.

He stressed the importance of such forums to exchange ideas and visions to face regional security challenges.

During his meeting with US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Saturday, the Bahraini Prince stressed the Middle East’s strategic position in the global system, which highlights the geopolitical dimension of the region.

He pointed to” the active efforts of the US administration and its pivotal role in establishing security, stability and peace in the region.” Also, he stressed the Kingdom’s continued support to the regional and international efforts.

The two sides exchanged views on how to face the challenges of extremism and terrorism and discussed bilateral relations and means of strengthening them to achieve the two countries’ common interests.

Prince Salman also shed light on the importance of the Manama Dialogue as a political and intellectual platform to discuss the latest security and political developments in the region.

He said a number of regional and international decision-makers meet and contribute to enhancing security and stability.



OIC Secretary General Meets with Iranian Foreign Minister in New York

 Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a joint news briefing with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. (AP)
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a joint news briefing with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. (AP)
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OIC Secretary General Meets with Iranian Foreign Minister in New York

 Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a joint news briefing with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. (AP)
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a joint news briefing with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. (AP)

Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Hissein Brahim Taha held talks on Friday with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on the sidelines of the United Nations 78th General Assembly in New York.

The officials discussed cooperation between the OIC and Iran, and ways to boost joint Islamic action.

They also tackled a number of issues of common interest, including the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the situation in Afghanistan, and OIC’s efforts to combat Islamophobia.


Saudi Foreign Minister Meets French, Polish Counterparts in New York

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City on Friday. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City on Friday. (SPA)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Meets French, Polish Counterparts in New York

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City on Friday. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah meets with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City on Friday. (SPA)

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah held talks with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City on Friday.

The FMs reviewed bilateral relations and ways of bolstering and developing them in various fields. They discussed means of consolidating bilateral and multilateral action and the latest international developments.

They tackled opportunities for economic cooperation under Saudi Vision 2030 and the importance of supporting common interests to achieve sustainable development, prosperity, and well-being for the two countries.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Economy and Planning Faisal bin Fadel Al-Ibrahim, Saudi Arabia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasel, and Director General of the Foreign Minister’s Office Abdulrahman Al-Daoud.

Prince Faisal also met with his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rao in New York City.

They tackled bilateral relations between their countries and ways of developing them in various fields. They also discussed opportunities for economic cooperation.


King Abdulaziz’s Maiden Flight Aboard ‘Dakota’ Aircraft

King Abdulaziz descending from the Dakota aircraft in one of his air travels (Saqer Al Jazeera Museum)
King Abdulaziz descending from the Dakota aircraft in one of his air travels (Saqer Al Jazeera Museum)
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King Abdulaziz’s Maiden Flight Aboard ‘Dakota’ Aircraft

King Abdulaziz descending from the Dakota aircraft in one of his air travels (Saqer Al Jazeera Museum)
King Abdulaziz descending from the Dakota aircraft in one of his air travels (Saqer Al Jazeera Museum)

After the late King Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud dismounted from his steed “Ubayyah,” declaring the unification of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and charting its geographic boundaries to the world, he ascended the heights of the skies aboard his “Dakota DC-3” aircraft.

Through this remarkable journey, he aimed to connect the kingdom with the world and draw the political map of the state.

The tale of the “Dakota DC-3” begins with a decision by then US President Franklin Roosevelt to give King Abdulaziz a present.

He sought advice from White House advisors on what kind of gift to offer to a “Saudi king residing in a desert region.” One of his advisors suggested that the best gift for this king would be an airplane.

The Director-General of Communication and Media Affairs at Saudi Arabia’s flag carrier, Saudia, Engineer Abdullah Al-Shahrani, explained to Asharq Al-Awsat that this idea was initially rejected due to its substantial budget.

Nevertheless, on February 14, 1945, the Dakota aircraft, gifted by President Roosevelt to King Abdulaziz, touched down at the makeshift airstrip in what is now known as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs area in the city of Jeddah.

It was received by Prince Mansour bin Abdulaziz on behalf of King Abdulaziz.

On September 30, 1945, King Abdulaziz boarded the gifted Dakota aircraft for the first time.

Departing from the city of Afif near Riyadh, he headed towards Al-Hawiya in the city of Taif.

This flight was led by American pilot Captain Joey Grand, accompanied by his Saudi counterpart, Captain Hamza Tarabzoni. One of the most notable features of this aircraft was its ability to land on any prepared terrestrial area.

According to Al-Shahrani, this feature facilitated the aviation sector in seamlessly connecting the various regions and administrative areas of the kingdom.

He emphasized that this aircraft made a significant impact in the aviation world, particularly within the kingdom, laying the foundation for the concept of civil aviation in Saudi Arabia.

During that flight, King Abdulaziz became convinced that, after experiencing the speed of travel, ease of connectivity, and the convenience of takeoff and landing, this was the appropriate means to link the various parts of his nation.

He then decided to purchase two additional aircrafts.

This journey marked the inception of civil aviation for connecting the Kingdom’s regions, realizing King Abdulaziz’s initial vision, which was the localization of migration.

The “Dakota DC-3” aircraft was first manufactured by Douglas Aircraft Company in 1935.

It is a twin-engine, low-wing monoplane produced by the Pratt & Whitney company, with a capacity for 28 passengers, roughly equivalent to 2725 kg.

The aircraft measures approximately 20 meters in length, with a wingspan of 30 meters, and it cruises at a speed of 370 kilometers per hour.


Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs Celebrates 93rd National Day in New York

Officials are seen at the celebration event in New York. (SPA)
Officials are seen at the celebration event in New York. (SPA)
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Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs Celebrates 93rd National Day in New York

Officials are seen at the celebration event in New York. (SPA)
Officials are seen at the celebration event in New York. (SPA)

Under the patronage of Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Ministry of Foreign Affairs celebrated the Kingdom’s 93rd National Day in New York City, on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The minister welcomed the guests, recalling the history of the Kingdom and its establishment by the founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud, and all of the following kings. They inherited a glory that tells the story of this country and the achievements it has made today in terms of development, prosperity, unprecedented renaissance, and economic power led by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

The event was attended by a group of foreign ministers of brotherly and friendly countries, several secretaries of international organizations, and members of the diplomatic corps.


Gulf, Arab Countries Congratulate Saudi Arabia on 93rd National Day

 22 September 2023, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh: Saudis wave flags as aircraft perform to celebrate Saudi Arabia's National Day in Riyadh. (SPA)
22 September 2023, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh: Saudis wave flags as aircraft perform to celebrate Saudi Arabia's National Day in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Gulf, Arab Countries Congratulate Saudi Arabia on 93rd National Day

 22 September 2023, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh: Saudis wave flags as aircraft perform to celebrate Saudi Arabia's National Day in Riyadh. (SPA)
22 September 2023, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh: Saudis wave flags as aircraft perform to celebrate Saudi Arabia's National Day in Riyadh. (SPA)

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sent on Friday a cable of congratulations to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz on the occasion of the Kingdom’s 93rd National Day.

Deputy Emir of Qatar Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani and Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani expressed in two similar cables their congratulations to King Salman.

King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa congratulated King Salman bin Abdulaziz on the occasion.

In a cable to King Salman, he underscored the depth of the historical fraternal relations between the two kingdoms and their peoples.

He stressed Bahrain's constant keenness to continue strengthening and developing cooperation and strong joint action with Saudi Arabia in line with their vital strategic partnership to achieve the aspirations and interests of both countries and bring the best benefit to their peoples.

He hailed King Salman and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, for their dedication to the development and economic prosperity of the region that serves security, stability, peace, and prosperity, and provides a better future for the coming generations.

Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain, also congratulated in two cables King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed on National Day.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II congratulated King Salman on the occasion.

In a cable in his name and on behalf of the people and government of Jordan, he expressed his sincere congratulations to King Salman, wishing him good health and happiness, and the Saudi people further progress and prosperity.

UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and UAE Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan sent cables of congratulations to King Salman on National Day.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan also sent cables of congratulations to Crown Prince Mohammed on the occasion.

Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the UAE also sent congratulatory cables to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed.

Iraqi President Dr. Abdul Latif Rashid sent a cable of congratulations to King Salman on National Day, wishing him health and success, and the brotherly Saudi people further progress and prosperity.

He also expressed keenness to strengthen relations between their people.


King Abdulaziz Forced British Policy Shift with Assertive Rule

King Abdulaziz, with his sons King Saud and King Faisal by his side (SPA)
King Abdulaziz, with his sons King Saud and King Faisal by his side (SPA)
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King Abdulaziz Forced British Policy Shift with Assertive Rule

King Abdulaziz, with his sons King Saud and King Faisal by his side (SPA)
King Abdulaziz, with his sons King Saud and King Faisal by his side (SPA)

In 1902, King Abdulaziz’s successful capture of Riyadh stood as a pivotal moment in the formation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This landmark event marked the inception of a new chapter in which King Abdulaziz dedicated himself to safeguarding the borders of his state from formidable powers that encircled it from all directions.

The founding king dealt with these powers with strength and wisdom, capitalizing on events and circumstances to benefit his homeland.

In an interview, Asharq Al-Awsat asked Princess Dr. Jawaher bint Abdul Mohsen bin Abdullah bin Jiluwi Al Saud about the circumstances that surrounded the emergence of Saudi Arabia and how King Abdulaziz dealt with them.

“The achievements of King Abdulaziz, spanning two decades, began with his recapture of Riyadh in 1902,” asserted Princess Jawaher.

“This event effectively encircled him, with the Arabian territories to the north and west under Ottoman control, local powers governing central Arabia, and British presence to the east and south,” she added.
“Arab tribes, which played a pivotal role in the region’s security, were either allies under strong governance used against adversaries, or potential threats if mismanaged.”

“King Abdulaziz had to navigate these complex dynamics, constantly concerned about the resurgence of Saudi power and its expanding influence, as had been the case during his ancestor's reign at the dawn of the 19th century AD,” explained Princess Jawaher.

In 1915, Britain initiated covert negotiations with Sharif Makkah Hussein bin Ali, known as the “Hussein-McMahon Correspondence.”

According to Princess Jawaher, Britain committed to establishing an independent Arab state under the leadership of Sharif Hussein and pledged full protection against external threats.

“In return, Sharif Hussein vowed to support the armed revolt against the Ottoman Turks in the Arab territories,” clarified the Princess.

The correspondence had unveiled tensions in the relationship between King Abdulaziz and Sharif Hussein.

Sharif Hussein had sought the participation of Najdi forces in the Arab Revolt, but King Abdulaziz, while openly supporting the Arab cause, refrained from direct involvement despite his strong aversion to the Ottoman Turks and their colonial ambitions in the region.

“King Abdulaziz foresaw that his relationship with Sharif Hussein might eventually escalate into an armed conflict, especially considering Sharif's potential exploitation of the Arab Revolt to declare himself the ruler of all Arabs,” elaborated Princess Jawaher.

Meanwhile, the British government found Sharif Hussein’s declaration perplexing, given the presence of other rulers exercising authority not subordinate to him in the region.

Consequently, they recognized him as the ruler of the Hejaz but were cautious about acknowledging his sovereignty over the broader Arab territories.

“King Abdulaziz realized that self-reliance was the key to exerting influence independently, immune to the sway of local events and the agendas of foreign powers,” revealed Princess Jawaher.

“He aimed to strike a delicate balance between international powers and local objectives, a contrast to Arab rulers and leaders of Arab associations who sought solutions to their Arab cause within the intricacies of British and French colonial politics,” she clarified.

Many underestimated the birth of political entities resistant to colonization, which emerged as the 20th century unfolded. This oversight was compounded by the dynamics of the two World Wars.

As for how did Britain deal with the tension between the Saudis and the Sharifs, Princess Jawaher said: “Britain was faced with the challenge of managing the strained relations between the House of Saud and the Sharifs, a conflict rooted in the historical rivalry between the rulers of the First Saudi State and the Sharifs.”

“This rivalry resurfaced in the case of Khurma, a small village that only entered the historical record after a competition for its sovereignty between King Abdulaziz and Sharif Hussein.”

The spark that ignited hostilities between them dated back to 1910, when Sharif Hussein captured Prince Saad bin Abdulrahman, the younger brother of King Abdulaziz, while he was on a mission.

Sharif Hussein refused to release him without two conditions: recognizing Ottoman rule over Al-Qassim and paying the annual tax to the Ottomans, which King Abdulaziz had stopped paying for several years.

A period of relative calm ensued due to negotiations and King Abdulaziz’s preoccupation with domestic affairs.

“Sharif Hussein resumed provocative actions aimed at provoking King Abdulaziz,” revealed Princess Jawaher, adding that “he launched unsuccessful attacks on Khurma, despite Britain instructing him to refrain from provoking King Abdulaziz.”

Simultaneously, King Abdulaziz received word of the British government’s displeasure with his defiance of Sharif Hussein and the necessity of ending military operations against the Hashemites and relinquishing control of Khurma.

“However, King Abdulaziz did not heed these threats and remained determined to counter Sharif Hussein’s encroachments on his territories,” asserted Princess Jawaher.

King Abdulaziz expressed his displeasure with Sharif Hussein’s actions and the language used by British authorities in their ultimatum.

“This prompted Britain to convene the First Middle Eastern Circles Conference in London on March 10, 1919, to reconsider its policy towards the Arab region and determine its stance on the conflict between Sharif Hasan and King Abdulaziz,” said Princess Jawaher.


The Saudi National Currency’s Evolution from King Abdulaziz Guinea to Aramco Coupon

The Aramco coupon. (Asharq Al-Awst)
The Aramco coupon. (Asharq Al-Awst)
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The Saudi National Currency’s Evolution from King Abdulaziz Guinea to Aramco Coupon

The Aramco coupon. (Asharq Al-Awst)
The Aramco coupon. (Asharq Al-Awst)

Saudi Arabia’s founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman ordered in 1950 the minting of the Saudi guinea, kickstarting the development of the Kingdom’s national currency.

The minting of the guinea was linked to the formation of the Aramco oil company and the aftermath of World War II.

Aramco employees were initially paid their wages in the form of ten pounds of silver, or 4.5 kgs. In 1932, the company issued paper currency known at the time as Aramco coupons.

Saudi currency expert Mohammed Amer al-Harbi told Asharq Al-Awsat that when wages were paid in pounds of silver, Aramco had to transport, store, count and protect around 60 tons of silver a month for its employees. The silver was transported in convoys of trucks, it took a massive amount of manpower to load and then unload the trucks and to count the silver.

In 1933, a Concession Agreement was signed between Saudi Arabia and the Standard Oil Company of California (SOCAL). The Kingdom demanded that its shares of the oil profits be paid strictly in gold coins.

In the 1940s, and due to WWII, the world witnessed a shortage in the English pound, forcing Aramco between 1946 and 1947 to mint currencies in Philadelphia in the United States to pay Saudi Arabia the cost of the oil. The currencies, known as Aramco dollars, matched the pound in quality.

Al-Harbi told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Aramco dollars ranged from one to four dollar notes. Years later, King Abdulaziz would develop the currency into the Saudi guinea.

The Aramco coupons would eventually transform into the Kingdom’s currency. Pilgrims' Receipts were printed in 1952 to facilitate the procedures of Hajj pilgrims. They eventually spread throughout the Kingdom and were used as local currency as well.


Saudi Arabia: Century’s Biggest Success Story Celebrates its National Day

 22 September 2023, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh: Saudis wave flags as aircraft perform to celebrate Saudi Arabia's National Day in Riyadh. (SPA)
22 September 2023, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh: Saudis wave flags as aircraft perform to celebrate Saudi Arabia's National Day in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia: Century’s Biggest Success Story Celebrates its National Day

 22 September 2023, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh: Saudis wave flags as aircraft perform to celebrate Saudi Arabia's National Day in Riyadh. (SPA)
22 September 2023, Saudi Arabia, Riyadh: Saudis wave flags as aircraft perform to celebrate Saudi Arabia's National Day in Riyadh. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia is celebrating its 93rd National Day on Saturday. It is an occasion for Saudis to celebrate important developments of the Kingdom’s history, since its founding by King Abdulaziz and until the present under the reign of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and his Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman.

When he was barely 20 years of age, King Abdulaziz decided to return to Riyadh and restore the glory of his ancestors and unite the country, transforming it into a major global player.

The development of the Kingdom continued with his successor sons: Saud, Faisal, Khalid, Fahd and Abdullah. Now, under King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed, Saudi Arabia is building the modern state of the future. Within years, the country has been transformed into a workshop for the future. Riyadh has become a model of a modern capital, through massive skyscrapers, cafes, recreational areas, and modern highways. Other regions in the Kingdom have also been developed by the state, turning them into economic and tourist destinations.

In spite of the challenges, Saudi Arabia, under King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed’s leadership, has managed to leave its mark on the international arena and develop a firm, determined, just and balanced policy. It approved projects that will elevate the country to new heights in the future, building on the achievements of past rulers.

King Salman has followed in King Abdulaziz’s footsteps, taking wise decisions and displaying the features of a successful, bold and brilliant leader, who is able to understand developments objectively and approach them without any recklessness. On the day he ascended the throne, King Salman declared: “Our Arab and Islamic nation is in great need for unity and solidarity today. We will forge ahead in this country that God has chosen as the starting point for His message and for Muslims.” He vowed to defend the “causes of the Islamic ummah, while upholding Islam, a religion of peace, mercy and moderation.”

Crown Prince Mohammed is the charismatic leaders, who ever since emerging in the political arena, has prioritized critical economic, development, political, intellectual and social affairs with their local, regional and international dimensions. He succeeded in laying the foundation for a new policy for the Kingdom that addresses both the present and the future according to a clear strategy that breaks away from traditional approaches and solutions.

He chose to focus on the Kingdom’s strengths and massive potential, steering the country away from reliance on oil as a sole source of revenue. He believes that a great future lies in store for Saudi Arabia because he is convinced that the people have only exploited ten percent of their country’s potential. Moreover, he believes that the Kingdom’s location, at an intersection between Asia, Europe and Africa, allows it to become pivotal for these three continents.

In an interview with Bret Baier, chief political anchor of Fox News, at NEOM earlier this week, Crown Prince Mohammed said the Kingdom is “the biggest success story of the 21st century.”

He stressed that Saudi Arabia was the fastest growing country in all sectors, and had achieved the fastest growth in gross domestic product (GDP) among the G20 countries for two consecutive years.


UAE Hails Saudi Crown Prince’s Interview with Fox News

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, attends a ceremony with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 27, 2019. (AP)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, attends a ceremony with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 27, 2019. (AP)
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UAE Hails Saudi Crown Prince’s Interview with Fox News

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, attends a ceremony with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 27, 2019. (AP)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, attends a ceremony with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 27, 2019. (AP)

The UAE President, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, hailed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Fox News interview this week during which he spoke on a variety of political, economic and sports issues.

“The broadcast interview with my brother Mohammed bin Salman was a testament to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's remarkable transformation and long record of achievement,” Sheikh Mohammed posted on X.

The Emirati President added: “United by our shared success story, the UAE and Saudi Arabia stand together in empowering generations to come.”

Moreover, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, congratulated the Saudi Crown Prince on his interview to Fox News.

The Ruler of Dubai wrote on X that the interview reflected the strength of achievements in Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Mohammed added that he is “optimistic about the success of the Kingdom” and its “ambitious and conscious leadership.”

The Emirati Vice-President ended the tweet saying that he is “optimistic about a new Middle East with the cooperation of countries involved to return to a global cultural and economic center.”


Saudi Crown Prince Captures Attention of US Media

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during an interview with Fox News (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during an interview with Fox News (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Saudi Crown Prince Captures Attention of US Media

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during an interview with Fox News (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during an interview with Fox News (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Extensive media coverage in the United States has focused on Fox News’ interview with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which was aired on Wednesday evening.

The dialogue with the Crown Prince shed light on the situation in the Middle East and relations with Israel.

Additionally, the interview brought attention to the Crown Prince’s commitment to enhancing living conditions of Palestinians.

Topics covered during the interview were diverse and resonated in both political and economic dimensions. They encompassed discussions about Chinese and American leaders, Iran, energy markets, Vision 2030, economic growth, and judicial reforms.

US media outlets gave emphasis to the Crown Prince’s leadership abilities and his willingness to establish improved relations with Iran, while also highlighting his determination to obtain nuclear capabilities should Iran acquire them.

They directly referenced messages conveyed during the interview to President Joe Biden’s administration, which could represent a significant political triumph in foreign policy if negotiations for normalization with Israel were successful.

The New York Post’s Victor Nava covered statements by the Crown Prince on the Kingdom’s approach when it comes to the question of acquiring nuclear weapons if Iran does so first.

According to Nava, the Crown Prince expressed “concern” about the possibility of a nuclear Iran in the wide-ranging interview with Fox News host Bret Baier.

“Well, we are concerned [about] any country getting a nuclear weapon. That’s a bad move,” said the Crown Prince.

“You don’t need to get a nuclear weapon because you can’t use it even if you can get a nuclear weapon.”

The Crown Prince argued that if Iran is able to obtain a nuclear weapon and its authoritarian regime decides to use it, the country would quickly find itself at war with “the world.”

“The world cannot see another Hiroshima,” he noted.

On the other hand, CNN emphasized the statements made by the Saudi Crown Prince regarding the prospects of normalizing ties with Israel.

The news channel pointed to the Crown Prince’s statements on Saudi Arabia getting closer every day to reaching an agreement with Israel.

CNN deemed these statements as unprecedented, particularly in the context of ongoing negotiations being taken “very seriously.”

The Crown Prince had told Baier that a pact with Israel would be “the biggest historical deal since the Cold War.”