Khalid bin Salman: Saudi Arabia will do everything in its power to spare Iraq from conflict

Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman arrives for a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Department of State in Washington on Monday. (AP)
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Updated 09 January 2020

Khalid bin Salman: Saudi Arabia will do everything in its power to spare Iraq from conflict

  • Prince Khalid this week met Donald Trump and other senior US officials to discuss Middle East stability
  • Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan said Iraq could not become a battleground

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and its leadership will always stand with Iraq and its people, Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman said Wednesday.

The prince said the Kingdom would "do everything in its power to spare Iraq from the danger of war and conflict between external parties, and for its people to live in prosperity after what they have endured in the past."

Prince Khalid this week met Donald Trump and other senior US officials in Washington to discuss Middle East stability amid the threat of an escalating conflict between America and Iran. On Tuesday, he met in London with British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.

Writing on Twitter Wednesday, he spoke warmly of the Kingdom's brotherly ties with Iraq.

"Every one who loves Iraq today wants to avoid disturbances and everything that negatively affects its security and stability," he wrote. He said there was a need to mobilize Iraqi people and enhance the country's role in the Arab world. 

Saudi Arabia has called for restraint after the US killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3. Iran responded early Wednesday by firing 22 missiles at Iraqi military bases housing US troops.

Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan also offered his support for the Iraqi people. He said it was of utmost importance for Iraq's leadership to join forces to avoid a war and not become a battleground. 

"The Kingdom will always stand as it does with all its efforts to achieve security and stability for Iraq and enable it to achieve the aspirations of its dear people," he said.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia would stand by Iraq to "overcome everything that threatens its security, stability and its connection to the Arab world."


WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

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WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

  • Police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

RIYADH: Video footage captured the dramatic moment a car was driven at high speed across the courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, before finally smashing into one of the doors on Friday night.

Saudi security authorities then arrested a man who was pulled from the car, state news agency SPA reported.

Reports suggest the car was driven at high speed on a road surrounding the southern square the Grand Mosque, also known Masjid Haramain, SPA added, quoting the official spokesman of Makkah region, Sultan Al-Dossari.

He said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m..

 

No one was hurt in the incident the report added.

Investigators said the driver of the car was a Saudi citizen who was “in an abnormal condition.” 

The offender is being referred to the Public Prosecution office, it said.