Saudi Crown Prince says empowering Iran doesn’t Serve Assad

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is shown with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-founder Bill Gates at his home in Seattle
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is shown with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-founder Bill Gates at his home in Seattle

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Bashar Assad’s interest lies in not permitting Iranians to do whatever they wish to do.

Prince Mohammed said in an interview with US “Time” magazine: “We believe that US forces must stay in Syria for the medium term at least.”

The crown prince explained that “US presence in Syria is the only way to limit Iranian influence in the region.”

The Saudi crown prince said that having US troops in Syria would allow Washington to have a say in the future of the war-torn country.

In the interview, the prince warned that Iran and its militia in the region are working to open an Iranian land route that links Tehran to the Mediterranean through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Further, he visited Boeing’s Everett jet assembly plant Friday and announced a military deal with the jetmaker. Bin Salman also met with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-founder Bill Gates at his home in Seattle on Friday.

Saudi Crown Prince earlier also met with Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft.

Asharq Al-Awsat