Foreign Minister: the Crown Prince's visit to US will Discuss many Files
The Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said that the visit of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense, to the United States of America will focus on discussing many files, including Iran, Yemen and Syria, in addition to Iraq, Libya and the fight against terrorism.
At a press conference held at the Saudi embassy in Washington, Al-Jubeir said "the crisis in Qatar is a small issue on the agenda of the talks. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not give it the importance and sensitivity of the other issues".
Al-Jubeir described relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America as historic and characterized by stability and depth, which is confirmed by the continuous exchange and consultation in both countries, pointing out that the two countries are allies in many issues, especially in combating terrorism and dealing with Iranian threats in the region.
Al-Jubeir said that the visit of HRH the Crown Prince comes at an important and sensitive time in light of important and urgent issues in the region such as the Syrian crisis, Iranian threats, terrorism threats, reconstruction in Iraq, the situation of Libya and other issues.
Al-Jubeir said that, during the visit, HRH the Crown Prince will meet with US President Donald Trump and his deputy, a number of lawmakers and officials in the US administration, as well as many heads of large US companies to review the objectives of the Kingdom's vision 2030.
The Foreign Minister added that HRH the Crown Prince's visit to the United States will last for two weeks during which he will visit seven US cities, and will hold political, economic and development meetings with the American side.
On Iran and its threats in the region, the Foreign Minister said, "There are two visions in the region, a vision of life led by Saudi Arabia, and a dark vision led by Iran", pointing out that the nuclear agreement did not address Iran's behavior and did not stop its interference and security threats in the region. He said, "There is a European-American understanding on the seriousness of the Iranian threats."
On the announcement by the US President that he will not ratify the renewal of the nuclear agreement with Iran, the Foreign Minister said, "this is for the US administration and its policy, and Iran must be held accountable for the export of terrorism and the use of ballistic missiles and interference in the affairs of other countries.
On Yemen, the Foreign Minister said, "The war in Yemen was imposed on us and we did not start it," pointing out that Houthis retreat from dozens of agreements before the coup against the legitimacy of the country. He said that the Houthis use the mined boats in Bab Al-Mandab.
Al-Jubeir explained that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a mechanism to assess the incidents in Yemen, saying that mistakes occur in all wars, pointing at the same time to thousands of points not targeted by the Arab coalition forces to avoid civilian casualties.
He referred to the Houthis‘ threats to the security in the region by directing missiles towards the Kingdom‘s lands and Yemeni cities, and targeting ships and boats in the Red Sea.
Foreign Minister Al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia had sought political solutions to the crisis and supported humanitarian efforts, and currently, fuel is flowing and nearly $ 1 billion in humanitarian aid to Yemen.
"We have maintained the operation of ports on the Red Sea, stabilized the air route, and we are still working to lift the suffering of the Yemeni people and achieve stability, but the Houthis are seeking instability and lack of a climate that allows humanitarian assistance" Al-Jubeir said. He added that Houthis‘ strength has ended and they now control only 15% of the territory of Yemen.
On Qatar‘s crisis, Al-Jubeir said, "What Qatar has done so far is that it signed a memorandum of understanding with the United States to combat terrorism", saying that this is not an adequate step. "Washington is dealing with the bright side of Qatar and we are dealing with the dark side," he said.
He added "the countries calling for the fight against terrorism asked Qatar to stop supporting terrorism, and stop supporting extremism and interference in other countries, we told them that in 2013 and they have not stopped so far. "