Saudi Gazette report
NEOM — Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman stated that Saudi Arabia is the largest success story of the 21st century.
In an interview with Bret Baier, chief political anchor of Fox Information, at NEOM, the Crown Prince stated the Palestinian challenge is essential to normalizing ties with Israel as he wished to see life for the Palestinians. Within the interview on “Particular Report with Bret Baier” that was aired on Thursday morning, he reiterated that if Iran possessed a nuclear weapon, Saudi Arabia would do the identical “for safety causes and the steadiness of energy.”
Saudi Arabia had achieved the quickest progress in gross home product (GDP) among the many G20 nations for 2 consecutive years, the Crown Prince stated whereas stating concerning the bid to affix G7. “We tried to affix the G7, however some nations wished to dictate their circumstances to us,” he stated.
In his first interview with a significant American information community since 2019, the Crown Prince addressed a variety of home, regional and worldwide points. Prince Mohammed bin Salman highlighted the strong progress and complete social and financial reforms that Saudi Arabia is witnessing underneath its Imaginative and prescient 2030. “Saudi Arabia is so massive, so I am fairly certain most individuals on the planet, instantly or not directly, have one thing to do with Saudi Arabia. Our imaginative and prescient is nice and we’re shocked on daily basis when reaching our targets shortly as our non-oil progress this yr might be among the many quickest within the G20 nations,” he stated.
When requested about efforts to normalize relations with Israel, the Crown Prince emphasised that the Kingdom has no relationship with Israel at current. “Day-after-day we get nearer, it appears it is for the primary time actual one critical. We get to see the way it goes,” he stated. The Crown Prince insisted his nation might work with Israel, irrespective of who’s in cost, calling the deal “the largest historic deal because the finish of the Chilly Warfare,” which he said would relaxation upon agreements associated to the remedy of the Palestinians. “If we’ve a breakthrough of reaching a deal that provides the Palestinians their wants and makes the area calm, we’ll work with whoever is there,” he stated, whereas reiterating that he wished to see ” life for the Palestinians.”
When requested concerning the potential for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon and what it means for Saudi Arabia, the Crown Prince clearly said that ought to Iran ever receive such a weapon Saudi Arabia would “must get one, for safety causes, for balancing energy.” “We’re involved if any nation will get a nuclear weapon: That is a nasty, that is a nasty transfer,” he stated. “They need not get nuclear weapons since you can’t use them. Any nation utilizing a nuclear weapon meaning they’re having a struggle with the remainder of the world,” he stated whereas reiterating the place of Saudi Arabia that the area should be secure for Saudi Arabia to realize its targets. “The world can’t see one other Hiroshima. If the world sees 100,000 folks useless meaning you might be in a struggle with the remainder of the world. So to make use of this effort to succeed in a nuclear weapon since you can’t use it in case you use it, you bought to have a giant struggle with the remainder of the world.”
The Crown Prince additionally spoke about relations with the US, saying: “We now have vital safety ties with Washington. We now have a particular relationship with President Joe Biden, and he’s very targeted and prepares himself effectively,” he stated whereas including that Saudi Arabia desires American and overseas corporations to come back and spend money on a secure setting within the Center East. “We’re one of many 5 largest consumers of American weapons, and our transfer to purchase weapons from nations apart from the US will not be of their curiosity.”
He additionally highlighted the varied assaults Osama bin Laden deliberate and executed towards Saudi Arabia within the Nineties. Bin Laden was capable of recruit Saudis to assist his trigger however that it “doesn’t make any sense” for the nation itself to assist a person actively hurting it. “After that, killing Saudis and overseas folks at the moment in Saudi Arabia, he is our enemy and he is the American enemy,” the Crown Prince stated.
Referring to the Khashoggi challenge, the Crown Prince stated that Saudi Arabia prosecuted these concerned in Khashoggi’s killing and made reforms to forestall such issues taking place once more. “Anybody concerned in Khashoggi’s killing is serving time in jail and should face the legislation. We take all of the authorized measurements that any nation took … We did that in Saudi Arabia and the case was closed,” he stated. “Additionally, we attempt to reform the safety system to make certain that these sorts of errors don’t occur once more, and we will see prior to now 5 years nothing of these issues occurred. It isn’t a part of what Saudi Arabia does.” He famous that the nation is working to reform some legal guidelines and the federal government doesn’t intervene within the work of the judiciary.
The Crown Prince additionally touched on financial recordsdata, stressing that the Kingdom displays provide and demand within the oil market and takes the mandatory measures to stabilize the vitality market. “Our position in OPEC + is to bridge the hole between provide and demand. We’re eager on the soundness of vitality markets and we’re doing what is important on this regard.”
Referring to the current deal signed with regard to establishing India – Center East – Europe Financial Hall through the G20 Summit, the Crown Prince stated that the Financial Hall that may join the Center East with Europe will save money and time and can shorten the gap to Europe to 3-6 days.
Concerning the BRICS group of nations, during which Saudi Arabia will take part January 2024, Prince Mohammed bin Salman stated that this group “will not be towards the US, as evidenced by the presence of Washington’s allies inside it.” The Crown Prince harassed that the BRICS group, which incorporates Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, will not be a political alliance.
The Crown Prince additionally defined concerning the measures being taken to make the Kingdom a significant international tourism vacation spot. He stated that attracting tourism is linked to growing different main sectors, together with sports activities, leisure and tradition. “We don’t thoughts growing the sports activities sector because it has develop into efficient in financial returns. We’re working to make sure that sports activities contribute 1.5 % of the gross home product (GDP) quickly,” he added.