WSJ: Saudi Arabia secretly tries to improve relations with Iran
According to the Wall Street Journal, Saudi Arabia is quietly trying to mend fences with Iran and other regional foes as officials in the kingdom have grown more worried about the risks conflict poses to its oil-dependent economy.
The WSJ article says Riyadh is concerned about the negative consequences of rising tensions with Iran on their economy, while they are also skeptical about the support of the United States and other allies.
It adds that Riyadh’s calculations changed after Iran’s attack on Aramco oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. One Saudi official told WSJ: “The September 14 attack was a game-changer.”
The article says that in recent months, Saudi and Iranian representatives have corresponded through Oman, Pakistan, and Kuwait in order to ease the tensions between the two countries.
Diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia were shut down after the attacks on the Saudi Arabian Embassy and consulate in Iran. The attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities brought tensions to an all-time high.
Ali Rabiei, the spokesman for the government of Iran reported last month that President Hassan Rouhani has sent messages to the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain regarding security, peace, and stability in the region.
Previously, Rabiei had announced a message from Saudi Arabia to Iran in order to ease the tensions.