'Difficult to be optimistic about Iran,' Saudi former intelligence chief tells FRANCE 24
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The former head of Saudi intelligence, Prince Turki al-Faisal, told FRANCE 24 in The Hague that he was pessimistic about the prospects for a successful negotiation between the US and Iran, calling Iran "a disruptive force" in the region. He also accused Tehran of being behind this week's attack by Houthi rebels on a Saudi airport and said he saw no chance for a peaceful solution in Yemen in the near future.
"I'm always hopeful that sensibility can be achieved in the minds of [the] Iranian leadership. However, from their past practice and how they have continued to be a disruptive force in the area, it's difficult to be optimistic about their actions," Saudi Arabia's former intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal, told FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman.
Turning to the Middle East peace process, Prince Turki said he was waiting for US President Donald Trump to unveil his much-touted "deal of the century" between Israel and the Palestinians. He also denied that the Saudis had abandoned their support for core Palestinian demands in exchange for a rapprochement with Israel.
On the issue of relations with Qatar, Prince Turki lamented that he had seen "no change" in the Qatari position, two years after a Saudi-led coalition imposed an embargo on the country.