Saudi Crown Prince speaks for the first time since Abqaiq–Khurais attack

The Saudi Crown Prince describes Abqaiq-Khurais attack as an act of war (Photo courtesy: CBS)

The Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Defense, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, said that he agreed with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo that what Iran has done is an act of war, declaring that the Abqaiq-Khurais terrorist attack hit the heart of the world’s energy supplies, not only Saudi Arabia’s one.

“The Abqaiq-Khurais terrorist attack is a foolish act as it targeted 5% of the world’s supplies. The political and peaceful solution is much better than the military one, stressing that a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran would lead to the collapse of the global economy,” the Crown Prince said during a 60 minutes interview with Norah O’Donnell, the anchor of CBS Evening News.

The Crown Prince also warned that oil would reach price hikes if the world did not meet to deter Iran. “If the world does not take a strong position to deter Iran, we will see further escalation,” he said.

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

Prince Mohammad pointed out that the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a heinous crime, and will hold all those involved accountable, stressing that justice will take its course in this matter.

The Crown Prince added: “As a leader I have to be optimistic every day”.

On Yemen, the crown prince noted that a political solution would be easier in this country if Iran stopped supporting Houthi militias.