Interviews

Tue - 01 Oct 2019 - 12:36 AM ،،،

Agencies


 Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave on Tuesday his first public address since the September 14 attacks on the Kingdom’s key oil facilities, in which he said that the response to Iran must be well-calculated.

“The political and peaceful solution is much better than the military one,” the Crown Prince said during a 60 minutes interview with Norah O'Donnell, the anchor of CBS Evening News.

On the five-year-long war in Yemen he told CBS that “If Iran stops its support of the Houthi militia then the political solution would be much easier. Today we open all initiatives to a political solution in Yemen. We hope this happens today rather than tomorrow

Asked if he was saying he wanted a negotiated settlement to the war in Yemen he replied: “We are doing this every day.”

“But we try to turn this discussion into an actual implementation on the ground, and the Houthis – a few days ago – announced a ceasefire from their side. We consider it a positive step to push for more serious and active political dialogue.”

The crown prince was asked how he could trust a Houthi ceasefire: “As a leader I must always be optimistic every day. If I am a pessimist, I should leave my post and work somewhere else”

The Crown Prince also discussed the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the ensuing trial in Saudi Arabia, women's rights, and Saudi Arabia’s legal infrastructure.