Saudi Officials: Region Will “Lose Sleep” Over Iranian Deal – “Iran is Playing Obama”
Saudi foreign policy adviser told reporters the region will “lose sleep” over the Iranian nuclear deal that was signed last night in Geneva.
The Star reported:
People in the Middle East will lose sleep over a nuclear deal between global powers and Iran, a Saudi foreign policy adviser said on Sunday, signalling the deep unease Sunni Muslim Gulf states have over Western rapprochement with their Shi’ite foe.
At the time the adviser spoke, Saudi Arabia had not officially responded to news of the deal under which Western countries will ease sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear programme. Riyadh has frequently called for Washington to maintain a tough line with Tehran.
Abdullah al-Askar, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in Saudi Arabia’s appointed Shoura Council, a quasi-parliament that advises the government on policy, stressed that he had no knowledge of his government’s official response but was personally worried.
“I am afraid Iran will give up something on to get something else from the big powers in terms of regional politics. And I’m worrying about giving Iran more space or a freer hand in the region,” he said.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal told reporters earlier in the week, “There’s no confidence in the Obama administration doing the right thing with Iran.”
Earlier in the day Israeli Prime Minister went to Twitter and called the nuclear deal with Iran an “historic mistake.”