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Minister of Defense Muhammad bin Salman Al Saud

Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Muhammad bin Salman Al Saud arrives to attend the G20 Summit in China last year. (photo credit:REUTERS)

SAUDI ARABIA’S NEW UNAPOLOGETIC FOREIGN POLICY
Al-Hayat, London, May 9

In a recent televised interview, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman confirmed what pundits have been suspecting for months: that the Saudi Royal Court decided to change the kingdom’s foreign policy from a passive and docile one to a more combative and confrontational one.

So far, Riyadh has tended to avoid conflict at almost any price. It preferred using diplomatic back-channels to deal with the crises that it had faced, while leaving the military option off the table. But recent developments in the region, as well as the change in the American administration, have been pushing the kingdom to adopt a more bellicose stance towards its adversaries, particularly Iran.

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