In his article for Al Arabiya, Abdulrahman al-Rashed, former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel and internationally acclaimed journalist writes, “Trump equated Hezbollah with al-Qaeda and talked about militarily cooperating with the coalition in Yemen to confront the Houthi militias and active role of American military in Syria.”
In a meeting with the King of Bahrain in Saudi Arabia, Trump conveyed that the US altered its policy. Iran is the common factor causing important shifts, whose impact will be seen in the coming months.
Global terrorism and Iranian expansion in the region’s countries are the threats that Saudi Arabia and the US agreed to cooperate in confronting. At the Arab Islamic American Summit, the Saudi king’s speech focused on these two points..
Trump appointed of prominent political and military officials who are experts in the region to take quick measures. Iran is in trouble due to this quick action taken against it in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. Escalation in activity, will result in sanctions being imposed on it.
Tehran announced that ‘moderate’ Hassan Rouhani won a second presidential term while Trump was in Riyadh, but the future will show whether the Iranian government will adopt positive and tangible measures.
Iran is in real trouble due to the quick action taken against it in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. If it tries to escalate its activity, sanctions will be imposed on it.
Abdulrahman al-Rashed writes that, “Rouhani may be a good figure among the Iranian regime officials but the Revolutionary Guards are evil. They’re accomplices in killing around 500,000 Syrians and in assassinating public figures in Lebanon. They’re responsible for the current marginalization of the central authority in Iraq as they support the latter’s rival militias. They supported, trained and armed the Houthi movement which staged a coup against the Yemeni government. All this is part of Tehran’s project to besiege Saudi Arabia and the Gulf and dominate the region.”
“Instability in the Middle East threatens the interests of the world and worsens chaos. We’ve seen this in the past six years. The US wants Iran to realize that the world no longer accepts this chaos and will no longer keep silent over threatening its interests. Are we happy that President Trump altered his country’s policy and began to support the camp of moderate Arab and Islamic countries?” writes Abdulrahman al-Rashed.
It’s a decisive development. King Salman bin Abdulaziz called Iran “the spearhead of terrorism” during his speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit. President Rouhani is facing a new situation, and he must consider it well and make use of it to launch a reconciliatory project that halts his country’s interferences. It’s time to move towards a new regional phase.