Saudi Arabia wants the US to do that show that Washington is committed to the kingdom, and that means we must leave America defense equipment in Saudi Arabia, Prince Turki Al-Faisal told CNBC.
He responded to a question on what the Middle East needs from the US in the wake of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.
“I think we need be reassured over the American commitment,” said the Prince of Saudi Arabia former intelligence chief, CNBC’s Hadley Gamble . told last month.
“That looks like” like, for for example, not withdrawing Patriot missiles from Saudi Arabia at a time when Saudi Arabia is the victim of missile strikes and drone strikes — not just from Yemen, but from Iran,” he said.
The US has their military presence in Saudi Arabia in 2019, deployment of two Patriot missile artillery batteries next attacks on the country’s oil facilities. Washington blamed Iran for strikes, although Tehran denies the allegations.
In June this year, multiple media outlets reported that the Pentagon decided to sign down air defense assets from the Middle East, including Patriot missile batteries.
Prince Turki Al-Faisal speaks on podium at the 2015 Concordia Summit in Grand Hyatt New York on Oct 2 2015 in New York City.
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Pulling Patriot Missiles From Kingdom Is “Not Indicative” of America’s declared intention to help Saudi Arabia defends itself against outside enemiesAl-Faisal said, adding that he hopes the US will give insurances of his commitment to “all that is needed” in to convert help.
Prince Turki said Saudi Arabia would prefer US aid but sought “other” support”to strengthen her” air defenses against attacks by Iran and the Houthis in Yemen.
The kingdom said it intercepted a Houthi ballistic missile and armed drones die were fired on Saturday.
AN coalition led by Saudi Arabia grip in in civil war in Yemen in 2015 and has continued met fight in what is seen as a proxy war with Iran.
Al-Faisal said the US should seriously consider showing support for the Middle East now, especially after the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the ongoing crisis in Kabul.
Frederick Kempe, chairman of the Atlantic Council, wrote: in an opinion piece on CNBC that the situation in Afghanistan Threatens US President Joe Biden’s Story That Washington “Someday” again a reliable ally and partner, in response to the uncertainties die among them grew during the Trump administration.”
Prince Turki said that outside of Saudi Arabia, the other Gulf states are “equally vulnerable” and the US should consider reassuring the Middle East that can be trusted on.
“Will the Biden administration get through? with that — I have no idea,” he said.
Separately, US President Joe Biden has ordered widespread declassification of documents met relating to the attacks of September 11, 2001. Signed in an implementing decree on Sept. 3, Biden said: information should nothing but remain classified as its release a clear national threat to security.
Families of the victims think the documents may contain details die Saudi Arabian leaders imply.
The Embassy of the Kingdom in The United States on Wednesday said Saudi Arabia has consistently called for the release of all the research materials and welcomes the release of the documents.
the explanation added that any allegation of Saudi Arabia is “accomplice” in the September 11 attacks are categorical false.”
“Saudi Arabia can only repeat that it has been around for a long time” support for the full declassification of all documents and materials met regarding the investigation of the United States of the terrorist attacks, with the hope that a full Edition of these documents will put an end to the baseless allegations against the Kingdom once and for everyone,” it said.
Family members of Victims of 9/11 said: in an August statement that “a lot of research evidence implicating Saudi Arabia has been found” government civil servants in supporting the attacks” since the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission in 2004, NBC News reported.
Most of the hijackers came from Saudi Arabia, and previous reports have: found that Saudi nationals were financing Al-Qaeda. The government denies connection met the attacks.
Prince Turkey in August said Saudi Arabia “never” hidden everything over9/11.
“If there are any documents in American archives are die not to the… public, I think she should being brought out because there will be nothing in them,” he said, adding that the kingdom has conducted its own investigations and “found nothing.”
— Christina Wilkie and Amanda Macias of CNBC contributed to this report.
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