Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Saudi Arabia's Spy Chief: The Kingdom Is 'Shifting' Away From The U.S. Because Of Syria And Iran

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (C) walks toward the plane carrying U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry upon his arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, June 25, 2013. Reuters

Saudi Spy Chief Says Riyadh To 'Shift Away From U.S.' Over Syria, Iran -- Reuters

(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief has said the kingdom will make a "major shift" in relations with the United States in protest at its perceived inaction over the Syria war and its overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday.

Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that Washington had failed to act effectively on the Syrian crisis and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was growing closer to Tehran, and had failed to back Saudi support for Bahrain when it crushed an anti-government revolt in 2011, the source said.

It was not immediately clear if Prince Bandar's reported statements had the full backing of King Abdullah.

"The shift away from the U.S. is a major one," the source close to Saudi policy said. "Saudi doesn't want to find itself any longer in a situation where it is dependent."

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More News On Saudi Arabia's Chief Saying That The Kingdom Will Be Moving Away From The U.S.

Saudi Arabia set for diplomatic shift away from US -- The Guardian
Saudi spy chief warns of ‘major shift’ in ties with US -- AFP
Saudi Arabia to hit back at US in Syria -- Gulf News
Saudi Spy Chief Blasts U.S. Regional Policies -- Time
Saudi Arabia Blasts American Policy on Iran, Syria -- The Tablet
Report: US-Saudi Rift Widening Over Obama Middle East Policy -- Arutz Sheva
Saudi-American Alliance Sours Over Syria -- SKY News
US rift with allies grows as Saudi Arabia, France voice concerns -- FOX News

My Comment: US Secretary of State John Kerry is singing a different tune.

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