A meeting was held recently between the US president Donald Trump and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Trump has offered a warm embrace to the ambitious ruler with a belief that he could help the US to confront Iran in the Middle East. You can refer to Rob Sobhani article who describe the meeting and what are the what are the measures they have to take in order to knock out the theocratic regime of Iran.
When President met the Ruler he has three clear and forceful messages:
- Focus soft power approach to the Iranian regime
- Try to solve the conflicts and end the war in Yemen
- Remove the blockage of Qatar
For the US, Iran is the most serious threat to regional security and it is the major state that sponsors terrorism. Most of the shreds of evidence have shown Iran give extraordinary weapons to terrorist.
President Trump and his national security team make one thing clear that confronting Iran regime by war through a proxy in Yemen results in draining Saudi Arabia financial resource.
Qatar is the home to America’s largest prepositioning based in the world. Hence president asks the Saudi to remove the blockade of Qatar because this will help them to knock out Iranian regimes easily. In response to this Saudi king point the Doha’s ties with Tehran as the reason for the blockade. However, Qatar shares a major natural gas field with Iran and if Qatar tool hostile approach Iran will act negatively. Trump praises the young ruler for his boldness but also points out if ruler will take soft power policy, he will have the full support of the president.
President Trump encourages Mdbin Salman to adopt course correction as its policy towards the Iranian regime but emphasizes more on to take soft power against Iran so as to knock out them.