Iran: Friendly Interview with Crown Prince Shows Saudi Arabia Lost Yemen War

Iran: Friendly Interview with Crown Prince Shows Saudi Arabia Lost Yemen War


Iranian officials and state media on Friday interpreted conciliatory remarks from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) in an interview on Tuesday as proof the Saudis realize their intervention in Yemen was a failure, and have abandoned any hopes of defeating Iran in a struggle for regional authority.

MBS said Tuesday that he wants “a good and distinguished relationship with Iran.” He referred to the Yemeni civil war as a “crisis” and hoped the Iran-backed Houthi insurgents would “agree to a ceasefire and sitting on the negotiating table [sic].”

Iran’s state-run PressTV on Friday quoted California State University professor emeritus Beau Grosscup suggesting the Saudis are looking for an exit from Yemen — which PressTV portrayed them as unreasonably attacking in 2015 to “reinstall” its “Riyadh-friendly” elected government — because the new American administration is no longer willing to back their intervention.

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