SANA’A -Al-Quds al-Arabi, a leading Pan-Arab newspaper, has written that Saudi Arabia’s failure in Syria and Yemen, and its disappointment at failing to lure the US into a war against Iran have forced Riyadh to soften its tone and policies towards Tehran.
“Saudi Arabia has started the policy of a quiet retreat given the Yemenis’ advances and the world’s recognition of Iran as a regional power in the Persian Gulf, after its confrontation against the US and Britain,” the Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi wrote on Tuesday.
“Riyadh has now come to realise that neither Washington nor Tel Aviv is interested in war against Iran,” it added.
The paper underlined that Saudi Arabia has now come to repeat the same choice that it was forced to make after years of proxy war against Syria: “retreat”.
That’s part of the reason why it has decreased its attacks against the Yemenis, the paper continued.
Al-Quds al-Arabia wrote that the Saudi media no longer pursues the policy of free insults and attacks against Iran, and are now acting cautiously, noting that the UAE has also come to the same notion and has started withdrawing its forces from Yemen which.
“This paves the ground for Riyadh’s military pullout from the war-ravaged country,” the newspaper stated.
Iran has long called for dialogue in the format of a regional forum, in order to resolve differences with Saudi Arabia and the UAE through talks.
“Iran welcomes resolving issues with Emirates and Saudi Arabia peacefully, because that will be in favour of all regional countries,” Iranian President’s Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi said in July.
“Saudi Arabia’s policies have left them alone in the Muslim world and the region,” he added.
“The Saudis started a war that they thought would be ended in a few weeks,” Vaezi said, adding that “The war against Yemen has been harmful to Saudi’s economy and distorted the country’s outlook.”
“The Saudi ambassador to UN has admitted what Iran has repeated many times: regional issues must be resolved through negotiations and by regional countries,” he underlined