Saudi Patience: USA and Iran

Prince Turki al-Faisal wrote a strongly worded letter on Thursday to President Obama regarding Gaza/Israel and the impact it can have on the special US-Saudi relationship.

The content can be seen at the Financial Times web-site. One of the things it mentioned was a letter President Ahmedinejad of Iran wrote to King Abdullah,

explicitly recognising Saudi Arabia as the leader of the Arab and Muslim worlds

Clearly something I had missed seeing in the news last week.

This was surprising as both KSA and Iran have been bandying for regional hegemony in the past. An open declaration that unites the Shias and the Sunnis could be a harbinger of more cooperation in the future as well. It can also change the stakes and influence that can be exerted on international politics to seriously and fairly address the conflict.

It turns out that what President Ahmedinejad wrote was slightly different. As per the Irani Press TV what he actually called King Abdullah was his official title/position :

the Saudi Arabian King and the Custodian of the Two Holy Places, i.e Makkah and Medina

Sighhh, my excitement was premature. President Obama, King Abdullah and President Ahmedinejad are no closer to each other today as they were yesterday. But hope springs eternal , after all, tomorrow is another day!

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