Saudi prince: Arab divisions helped Iran's regional rise

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April 5, 2009 15:38

 
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Saudi Arabia's former ambassador to Washington said Iran is a paper tiger with claws of steel and cited differences among Arabs as the main reason for its increased regional role. Prince Turki al-Faisal's remarks came at a closed-door meeting Saturday at the University of Jordan. They were reported by an Arab diplomat, a former Jordanian official and Al-Watan newspaper. The two men spoke on condition of anonymity because of issue's sensitivity. Turki said Iran's political regime is frail but has strong tools that enable it to achieve its "expansionist aspirations at the expense of Arab interests." The prince said Saudi can play a vital role in Iraq. Saudi and Iran are opposite political sides in Lebanon, Iraq and the Palestinian territories.

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