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A Pakistani senator referred to the recent terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, and warned that Hajj pilgrims will have a dangerous trip this year.
Reports indicate that the Emirati ruler Mohammed bin Zayed is supporting a plan to install the young Saudi deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman as the king of Saudi Arabia 'by end of the year'.
Amid Riyadh’s recent tensions with Washington and the United Nations, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman has travelled to the United States, and is going to meet with President Barack Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The United Nations was forced to defend its decision to remove the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a blacklist of children’s rights violators after rights groups expressed their dismay.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir’s recent remarks about the “Plan B” are made in the wrong time, as it might face strong opposition by both Russia and the US.
Abbas Abdi, a prominent reformist analyst, said in his Tuesday editorial in Etemad that Saudi rulers should learn from the fate of Iran’s Shah. They are hoping to implement an ambitious development plan, Vision 2030, which Abdi believes is not feasible without taking civil rights into account.
Mehdi Zakerian, an Iranian academic, believes that Iran’s improved ties with the European Union can have an impact on the country’s ties with other regional states, particularly Saudi Arabia.