Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister says the kingdom is optimistic that it will have “excellent relations” with the new US administration of President Joe Biden and that it would continue to talk with Washington regarding the Iran nuclear deal.
“I am optimistic,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said on Saturday in an interview with Arabiya TV.
“Saudi Arabia has built solid, historical relations where it worked with different administrations. We will continue to do that as well with President Biden.”
Biden pledged on the election campaign trail to reassess ties with Saudi Arabia, a state he described as a “pariah” in 2019.
Biden has said he will take a firmer stand on Saudi’s human rights record and the devastating Yemen war.
Prince Faisal said that Riyadh will continue to consult with Washington with regards to the Iran nuclear deal.
The US pulled out in 2018 of the 2015 deal between major powers and Iran, under which Iran restrained its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions.
“I believe basically the consultations will be around reaching a solid and strong agreement that takes into account Iran’s failure to comply. ..with strong monitoring factors to ensure the implementation of the agreement,” Prince Faisal said.
Biden has said that if Tehran resumed strict compliance with the agreement Washington would too.