Saudi foreign minister: Iran must change behavior for discussions to take place

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud attends a panel discussion during the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on Feb. 15, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 16 February 2020

Saudi foreign minister: Iran must change behavior for discussions to take place

  • Saudi FM: Iran’s behavior is reckless and threatens the global economy
  • He added that the Kingdom has ambitious plans for hosting the G20 summit which will be held in Riyadh in November 2020 

MUNICH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan told the 56th Munich Security Conference on Saturday that Iran must change its behavior before any discussions between Tehran and other countries can take place.

He added that the Kingdom is also seeking de-escalation but Iran continually engages in “reckless behavior” that causes instability in the Middle East and “threatens the global economy.”

Prince Faisal added that no private messages or direct contact had taken place to ease tensions with Iran.

“Until we can talk about the real sources of that instability, talk is going to be unproductive,” the foreign minister said. 

Speaking about Yemen, Prince Faisal said that the Kingdom has always supported a political solution in the country and hopes the Houthis will put the interests of Yemen, not Iran, first.

On Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the US, the foreign minister said the two states have common interests and share a historic relationship. He added that the Kingdom has good channels for dialogue with the US Congress.

He added that the Kingdom has ambitious plans for hosting the G20 summit which will be held in Riyadh in November this year.


Saudi king, crown prince congratulate president-elect of Burundi on victory

Updated 31 May 2020

Saudi king, crown prince congratulate president-elect of Burundi on victory

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday congratulated Evariste Ndayishimiye on winning the presidential election in Burundi.

The king and crown prince wished Ndayishimiye success and the people of Burundi further progress and prosperity. 

Ndayishimiye, who was the ruling party’s candidate, was on Monday declared victorious after winning 68.72 percent of the vote.

Opposition leader Agathon Rwasa received 24.19 percent.

Ndayishimiye, 52, is a former army general and will replace President Pierre Nkurunziza.