Saudi King: Middle East problems can spread worldwide
The Middle East conflict can take "worldwide dimensions," Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud warned Monday. The monarch gave this warning in an interview published by the daily El Pais ahead of his arrival to Spain for a three-day visit.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the problems in Iraq and Lebanon, Iran's nuclear issue and terrorism had created a highly volatile situation which could spread beyond regional borders, the Saudi leader said.
"A nuclear program in the region is one more load for it," King Abdullah said concerning the Iranian nuclear crisis. "All countries have the right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy," he nevertheless added.
The King also dismissed claims that Saudi Arabia was a pool of terrorists, stressing that terrorist cells had spread over many states and that they made use of international conflicts.