Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (SPA)

October 16, 2021

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah said on Friday that Iran was accelerating its nuclear activities and putting the region in “a very dangerous place” amid efforts to bring Tehran back into a 2015 nuclear deal.

Prince Faisal gave a wide-ranging news conference in Washington on regional developments during his visit to the United States.

There should be a “quick suspension” by Iran of activities that violate nuclear deal, he continued.

Talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been “cordial” but have not made “substantial progress”, he said.

On Lebanon, Prince Faisal stressed that the events in last two days show the country needs “real serious change.”

The responsibility lies with its leaders, he added.

Saudi Arabia is “certainly worried” about the political, economic situation in Lebanon and it requires action “now”, he stated.

On Yemen, Prince Faisal said the international community “needs to put much more pressure” on the Iran-backed Houthis militias to accept the Saudi ceasefire proposal.

In Washington, Prince Faisal held separate meetings with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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