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Saudi Arabia has worked hard to protect US interests in the region, former Middle East Envoy Jason D. Greenblatt writes in Newsweek
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has worked hard to protect American interests in the region, said Jason D. Greenblatt, former President Donald Trump’s envoy for the Middle East, in an opinion piece for Newsweek.
Greenblatt responded to an earlier comment in the Washington Post claiming that the UK’s interests “often run counter to the US and” have often complicated them, especially in recent years. “
“This is surprising since one of the greatest threats to the United States today is Iran’s nuclear and hegemonic ambitions. In that regard, the Kingdom has worked hard with the Trump administration to help us protect the US national security interests and the interests of our allies, ”Greenblatt wrote.
“The Biden government appears to be taking a different, misguided and unfortunate approach to the Iranian regime, which could lead the kingdom and other most vulnerable people to seek alliances elsewhere.”
Another senior Trump-era official, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, had previously berated the new U.S. administration for refusing to put America first, particularly because of its toned-down approach to Iran’s nuclear program .
“This means weakness and I promise you the Iranian leadership knows how to drive a truck through American weakness,” Pompeo told Arab News.
Greenblatt stressed that “the voices critical of the Iranian threat are those in the Middle East itself”.
“Instead, the US is now putting some European nations on the highest level of influence when it comes to Iran,” he wrote.
“These European nations are not as threatened by Iran as our allies in the Middle East. Some of these European nations are acting solely out of bare economic self-interest, regardless of the security concerns of the United States and our allies. That is their right, but let’s at least openly acknowledge that. “
The former envoy said the kingdom and its leadership, particularly Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have been allies, friends and partners of America’s regional interests.
“Because of my extensive experience with the Crown Prince and those who work closely with him, the Crown Prince serving in this leadership role would be great to the people of Saudi Arabia, the United States, and our other allies in the region – including our most important ones Regional ally, Israel, brings benefits, ”Greenblatt wrote, rejecting criticism of the Washington Post comment that the relationship with Saudi Arabia is greater than any individual.
“Politics, diplomacy and much more in life are not just black and white. If we don’t act and speak differently and recognize the differences we may have with our friends, partners and allies, while understanding that we will only advance our societies if we work together where we can and respect one another, we will fail to achieve the desired progress, ”wrote Greenblatt.