Saudi Arabia ‘not consulted’ over Soleimani drone strike

The drone strike near Baghdad airport killed Iranian Al-Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani. (IRAQI MILITARY / AFP)
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Updated 05 January 2020

Saudi Arabia ‘not consulted’ over Soleimani drone strike

  • Kingdom stresses importance of exercising restraint to guard against an escalation
  • Prince Khalid bin Salman, the deputy defence minister, to travel to Washington and London

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia was not consulted by Washington over the US drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, an official from the Kingdom told AFP Sunday.

“The kingdom of Saudi Arabia was not consulted regarding the US strike,” the official said, requesting anonymity.

“In light of the rapid developments, the kingdom stresses the importance of exercising restraint to guard against all acts that may lead to escalation, with severe consequences.”

Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry made a similar call for restraint at the weekend and King Salman emphasised the need for measures to defuse tensions in a phone call on Saturday with Iraqi President Barham Saleh.

In a separate phone call with Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stressed "the need to make efforts to calm the situation and de-escalate tensions,” the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

The crown prince has instructed Prince Khalid bin Salman, the deputy defence minister, to travel to Washington and London in the next few days to urge restraint, the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.

*With AFP


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