Alhariri, Riyadh, Jared Kushner discussed on BBC World Service


A price can pollick says the crown princes aggressive action against iran and its allies is a response to the growing strength of iran's revolutionary god is influence and fighters are spreading throughout the middle east you can download our recent programme about that at our website muhammad bin salman may also have had some encouragement from arguably saudi arabia's greatest ally the united states he's met president trump twice this year and trump's soninlaw and senior adviser jared kushner several times it probably is the case that crown prince mohammad bin soman was and bold was basically a given that the signal whether it was intentional or not that he could go ahead and take all of these different actions get more aggressive with the iranians abroad and also consolidate his power internally in the united states would support him but i think it's poli also the case that the crown prince's also looking to try to paul the united states aides along with him the crown princes feeling that he has us bucking may explain another surprise development in the region on the same day muhammad bin salman had scores of fellow princes and businessmen rounded up the prime minister of lebanon sought alhariri resigned while in saudi arabia certainly is fascinating that hariri decided to announce his resignation from riyadh the saudi capital not the usual place that a head of government announces his resignation but it seems quite compelling that this was a saudi decision to force hariri to step down saudi arabia has been a major funder of lebanon an its prime minister an attempt to limit its rival iran's influence there it hasn't worked and can pollick says in commending the prime minister to step down the crown prince is trying to expose the situation the saudis had come to the conclusion that lebanon was in effect lost to iran and i think that it is most likely the what the saudis did with prime minister hariri was to say to him we want you to step down because we want to remove the last figleaf forcing sought hariri to step down forcing him to resign as prime minister blows that cover away and makes it clear to the entire world that lebanon truly is a satellite of iran which may then encourage the us to act to curb iran's influence that it may be that the.

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