Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a surprising interview broadcasted by Saudi media on Tuesday, that the kingdom aspires to establish “a good relationship with Iran as a neighbour country.”
Asked if there was work under way to resolve outstanding issues between the two sides, bin Salman said: “Iran is a neighbouring country, and we want to have a good and special relationship with Iran.”
“We don’t want Iran’s situation to be difficult, on the contrary we want a prosperous Iran. We have interests in it and it has interests in Saudi Arabia, in order to push the world and the region to prosper,” he added.
He continued: “Today we are working with our partners around the world to find solutions to all problems and we hope to overcome them and that our relations will be good and positive, for the benefit of all.”
This marks a notable change in rhetoric from the Saudi kingdom, which so far has always maintained a hostile stance towards the Islamic Republic of Iran, even accusing it of being involved in Yemen.