Saudi royal slams U.S. Middle East policies

Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal voiced his criticism of U.S. policy in the Middle East, taking aim at the U.S. not including Saudi Arabia in the Iranian nuclear talks and the U.S. not dealing aggressively enough with the Syrian crisis.
Posted By JC Finley  |  Dec. 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabian Prince Turki al-Faisal, former intelligence chief and former ambassador to Washington as well as the brother of current Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, strongly criticized U.S. policy in the Middle East in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Prince Turki directed his criticism at U.S. negotiations with Iran about its nuclear program and U.S. role in the Syrian crisis.

Turki argued that Saudi Arabia deserves a seat at the negotiating table for the Iran nuclear talks. "It's important for us to sit down at the same table... We have been absent." The UN Security Council's five permanent members -- Britain, France, the United States, Russia, China -- and Germany have been responsible for the nuclear negotiations.

On Syria, Turki said his government is frustrated with the Obama administration's lack of aggression toward the Syria crisis, citing the U.S. decision not to arm the Syrian rebels and Obama's failure to launch the proposed military strikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last summer.

Despite these "differences between us and the U.S.," Turki acknowledged that "We have a huge defense and security agreement with the United States, forestalling terrorist attacks. That's ongoing without any problems."

[Wall Street Journal]

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