War with Iran not going to happen, says Defense Minister

08 Jan, 2016 10:06 am

LONDON (92 News) – Saudi Arabia Defense Minister Prince Muhammad Bin Salman has said that the Kingdom does not foresee war with its arch-foe Iran despite heightened tensions between the regional heavyweights.

“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,” Prince Mohammed bin Salman said. “Because a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is the beginning of a major catastrophe in the region… For sure we will not allow any such thing.”

He said that Iran will have to change its policies and attitude regarding Saudi Arabia, adding that no country can bear interference in internal affairs.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that Iran should also stop interfering in Kingdom’s internal affairs.

The prince defended the mass execution, telling The Economist that the men had been “sentenced in a court of law” and describing the judicial proceedings as fair and transparent. He said the execution of the sheikh, a Saudi citizen, had nothing to do with Iran and said the Iranian response to his death “proves that Iran is keen on extending its influence over the countries of the region.”

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s soccer federation says its clubs will not play Asian Champions League matches in Iran amid rising diplomatic tension. The decision at a SAFF executive meeting comes days after individual clubs refused to travel to Iran for safety reasons.

The competition kicks off next month. Two Saudi clubs are already scheduled to play in Iran and a playoff round could create two more matches there. Sporting tensions increased days before the countries’ national under-23 teams begin the 2016 Olympic qualifying tournament in Qatar.

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