Saudi Foreign Minister: Al-Assad will leave, no doubt

In an exclusive televised interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir reiterated Saudi Arabia’s support for a political solution to the crisis in Syria that does not include President Bashar Al-Assad.

“A man who’s responsible for the murder of 300,000 plus people, the displacement of 12 million people, the destruction of a country, is a man with absolutely no future in this country,” said Minister Al-Jubeir.

On relations with Iran, the foreign minister stated: “We have always said that we would like to have good relations with Iran…but neighbors have to live with each other based on the principal of good neighborliness and the principal of the non-interference in the affairs of others.” He continued, “We have no ill will towards Iran. We have committed no aggression towards Iran. We have been on the receiving end of it.”

On the war in Yemen, Minister Al-Jubeir told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that it is going “very well” and the legitimate Yemeni government now controls roughly 75 percent of the territory.

On human rights within the Kingdom, Minister Al-Jubeir discussed the country’s legal system, saying that no one has the right to criticize the Kingdom’s legal system except the Saudi people.

Minister Al-Jubeir’s interview with CNN can be watched here: Part 1 and Part 2.

  • February 23, 2016