“I’m always hopeful that sensibility can be achieved in the minds of [the] Iranian leadership. However, from their past practice and how they have continued to be a disruptive force in the area, it’s difficult to be optimistic about their actions,” former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal told FRANCE 24’s Marc Perelman.
Turning to the Middle East peace process, Prince Turki said he was waiting for US President Donald Trump to unveil his much-touted “deal of the century” between Israel and the Palestinians. He also denied that the Saudis had abandoned their support for core Palestinian demands in exchange for a rapprochement with Israel.
On the issue of relations with Qatar, Prince Turki lamented that he had seen “no change” in the Qatari position, two years after a Saudi-led coalition imposed an embargo on the country.