Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince downplayed his country’s months long dispute with Qatar in rare comments about the diplomatic and economic boycott.
“Qatar is a very, very, very small issue,” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said late Wednesday in a Reuters interview about the tiny gas-rich Gulf Arab country that has been the target of a major embargo since June.
“We’re pursuing (the Yemen war) until we can be sure that nothing will happen there like Hezbollah again,” bin Salman told Reuters, referring to the Iran-backed Lebanese Shia group.
Saudi Arabia, backed by a coalition of Arab states, launched a military operation in March 2015 against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who toppled the internationally recognized leadership in Yemen.
I appeal to the parties to make the necessary concessions that can help paving the way for a long-lasting peace, and to the international community to ensure unity of purpose in supporting these much-needed initiatives,” said UN envoy Ould Cheikh Ahmed.