Video: Young Saudi Prince Shuts The Door On Future Dialogue With Iran

Published May 4th, 2017 - 09:20 GMT
Prince Mohahammad bin Salman is the deputy crown prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at just 30 he is now serving as defence minister, overseeing the Saudi stance on the war in Yemen. (twitter)
Prince Mohahammad bin Salman is the deputy crown prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at just 30 he is now serving as defence minister, overseeing the Saudi stance on the war in Yemen. (twitter)

 

 (official interview, 58:00 for question on Iran) 

 

Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince has shut the door on any future dialogue with Iran, citing Shia Muslim expectation of the return of Imam Mahdi as a deal breaker for any future communication.

“Their stance is that the awaited Mahdi will come, and they need to create a fertile environment for the arrival of the awaited Mahdi, and they need to take over the Islamic world.”

“How do I convince these of anything?”

Who is Imam Mahdi?

Imam Mahdi is believed by Twelver Shia Muslims and Alevi Muslims to be the be the twelfth and final Imam. He is thought to be alive today but hidden in the Major Occultation, and will re-appear to rule as a just leader before the day of judgement.

Sunni Muslims also believe in the Mahdi, but do not accept that he is in occultation, and yet to be born.

Sound familiar?

In Christianity (as well as mainstream Muslim belief), Jesus is also believed to be alive but hidden to people, and will return before the day of judgement to bring peace to the world.

The idea is essentially the same, yet Christian belief in Jesus does not seem to affect the West's credibility in the eyes of Saudi’s much, who last year bought €30 billion worth of arms from the EU alone (in addition to US and UK sales). In fact Theresa May made an official visit to Saudi Arabia last month where she engaged in talks on trade and security in the Middle East.

Prince Mohahammad bin Salman is the deputy crown prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at just 30 he is now serving as defence minister, overseeing the Saudi stance on the war in Yemen. 

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