Wall Street Journal published an article about the reaction of Saudi Arabia on
the latest developments in the Middle East policies of president Barack Obama.
handling of overtures on Syria and Iran have outraged its regional ally Saudi
Arabia, which is signalling its wish to do more to boost the power of armed
Islamic rebel groups on the ground in Syria.
Arabia, according to its foreign minister prince Saud al-Faisal, fears that
"al-Assad will use the time afforded to commit more killing and torture
Arabia and the UAE in particular are concerned about two changes in the region
- Americans giving Assad an opportunity to get rid of chemical weapons arsenal,
and, thus, preventing a possibility of American attack on Syria, and the
dialogue between president Obama and Iranian counterpart Rouhani.
statement by prince Saud al-Faisal is especially important because the Saudis
can arm Muslim rebel forces who are opposed to the west and are considered to
be the most effective force in the war against the Alawite regime of Assad and
Shiite regime in Iran.
Arabia feels that Obama administration does not take into account its interests
and concerns related to Syria and Iran, and thus will act accordingly -
ignoring the interests and wishes of the United States in Syria.
Americans try to intimidate Saudis by saying that Saudi Arabia's active
participation in the war in Syria could lead to undesirable consequences for
New York Times publishes a map of "possible consequences" of the
collapse of Syria. According to the newspaper, the wave of fragmentation
could potentially engulf other countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia,
allegedly threatening the "Balkanization" and the division into
that a few days ago, according to Reuters, Saudi Arabia has promised to largely
increase the chances of Syrian rebels to win. According to Saudi foreign
minister prince Saud al-Faisal, Riyadh will help Syrian rebels with everything
they need, "whether it may be weapons or finance".
a group of countries called the "Friends of Syria", decided to
increase support for the Syrian opposition. In particular, the aid will be
earmarked for the "Syrian National Coalition", which has been
rejected by the Mujahideen and secular rebels from the FSA, as well.