Latest News London: The disclosure of an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in the U.S. is certain to worsen relations between Tehran and Riyadh, despite the baffling and improbable details that have emerged so far.
Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been deteriorating for some years now, however, with growing hostility bubbling just below the surface. In that context, the plot may make more sense than is immediately apparent.
As soon as the plot was disclosed, Saudi officialdom was calling for some kind of retaliation. Speaking earlier this week in London, Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi ambassador to the U.S. and former head of Saudi intelligence for many years, signaled what the Saudi government now expects from Tehran.
The burden of proof and the amount of evidence on the case is overwhelming, and clearly shows official Iranian responsibility for it,” he said. “This is unacceptable and something that in the authority in Iran, somebody will have to pay a price.”
Still, many analysts have wondered why the target of the plot was the current Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Adel al-Jubeir.
In the meantime an International Mediator disclosed if this abhorrent attempt success US directly point to Pakistan which would be a cause to damaged Pak Saudi relation.
Other side WikiLeaks documents, says Jonathan Alterman, director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
In fact in many ways this [plot] plays into the Saudi narrative of Iranian belligerency and gangsterism and disruptiveness in the politics of the Middle East.
“It is conceivable to me that somebody saw some of the comments that the ambassador made in WikiLeaks about Iran that he attributed to the king and said the way to do this is we could punish the ambassador,” he says. / EPakistanNews-UNN