-January 7,2020, news/comments
WASHINGTON DC-As tension continued to heighten over the assassination of Iranian most powerful revolutionary leader, late Major-General Soleimani , by US airstrike on January 3, 2020, Saudi Arabia is pushing to reduce tensions within both duo and in the Middle East amid fears that Iran could retaliate for the killing of General Suleimani with strikes against Riyadh and other American allies in the region.
NewYork Time had reported that “Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, sent his younger brother, Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman, to Washington, where on Monday he met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and with Mr. Esper. The Saudi news media had reported that he would urge the Americans to exercise restraint’
“We are very keen that the situation in the region doesn’t escalate any further,” Meanwhile the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, told reporters in Riyadh on Monday further. “It’s certainly a very dangerous moment, and we have to be conscious of the risks and dangers, not just to the region but to wider global security, and therefore we hope that all actors take all the steps necessary to prevent any further escalation and any provocation.”
While the Saudi leadership considers Iran its staunchest regional enemy, a drone and missile attack on Saudi oil processing plants in September that the United States accused Iran of orchestrating exposed the kingdom’s vulnerability — and raised questions about Mr. Trump’s willingness to defend it.
The United States Embassy in Riyadh this week warned Americans in the kingdom of “the heightened risk of missile and drone attacks,” adding that Americans working near military bases and oil facilities were “at heightened risk of attack.”