Deputy Crown Prince Says Saudis Will Not Allow War with Iran

Protests against the execution of Shiite Sheikh Nimr Al Nimr have taken place across the world, including outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Athens. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

RIYADH, Jan 7 – Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said a war between his country and Iran would be the beginning of a catastrophe and Riyadh would not allow it, the Economist reported on Thursday.

“It is something that we do not foresee at all, and whoever is pushing towards that is somebody who is not in their right mind,” it quoted him as saying in an interview.

The prince, who is also defence minister, added that Riyadh was concerned at what it saw as the United States’ adoption of a less engaged role in the Middle East.

“The United States must realise that they are the number one in the world and they have to act like it,” he was quoted as saying.

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