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Saudi to restrict relations with USA

February 11, 2014 at 11:41 am

A source has revealed that Saudi intelligence services chief, Prince Bandar bin Abdul-Aziz has told European diplomats that his country would restrict relations with the United States in protest to their position on Syria.

The source, who spoke to the London based newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi, said that the restrictions would include weapon deals and oil trade.

According to the source, the prince told the diplomats that the US had failed to act effectively on the Syrian and Palestinian-Israeli conflicts.

At the same time, the prince said that the US is moving closer to Iran at the expense of the Syrian issue and it had not supported Saudi Arabia when they supported Bahrain during the anti-government action in 2011.

The newspaper, which reported the story, said that it was not clear whether the Saudi King supported this position or not.

The source said that the Kingdom did not want to see itself as always “dependent” on its relationship with the US.

Regarding the talks with the European diplomats, the source refused to tell al-Quds al-Arabi any further details. However, he noted that the pre-planned change in relations with the US would affect several sectors besides weapons and oil.