The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is said to have sent a strongly worded letter to the United States categorically refusing the return of Iraq’s former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki for a third term.
According a source, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal sent the letter to his US counterpart John Kerry during their last meeting in Paris to discuss the Iraqi issue.
The meeting was attended by UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed and his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh.
In the letter, Prince Al-Faisal told Kerry that Saudi Arabia categorically refuses the survival of or the return of Al-Maliki’s rule in Iraq.
Al-Faisal told Kerry that Washington should not even consider such an option, stressing that the official Arab regimes around Iraq will not cooperate with Al-Maliki and will not welcome his presence and pointed out that his country will reject any US pressure in this regard.
According to the source, the Saudi minister was the only person to speak during the meeting while his companions the foreign ministers of the UAE and Jordan did not remark on the issue.