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Controversial Saudi prince's remarks could reshape Middle East

Controversial Saudi prince's remarks could reshape Middle East

Prince Turki Al Faisal

by Circa News
July 15, 2016

Saudi Arabia's open support of an Iranian opposition group -- the same group accused by Iran of terrorism -- is what many are calling the beginning of the "redrawing of some lines of history."
A Saudi prince called for the ouster of Iran's hardline theocratic regime, throwing his support behind a dissident group.

'Hard to believe'

Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki bin Faisal recently spoke before the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Paris. He publicly supported Iranian dissident leader Maryam Rajavi and her group, the People's Mujahedin of Iran.

The group's military arm, known as the MEK, has been accused by Iran of being a terrorist organization.

The announcement stunned former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who attended the event.

"What I saw was perhaps the redrawing of some lines of history that everybody has insisted will persist until the millennium or the next millennium," said Mukasey, who attended the event.
That was "historical," said Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, who also was there.

"That tells you that the Saudis are beginning to believe that the current dictatorship is such a threat, that they need to publicly, openly be with the Iranian freedom movement (and) that Iran is really a danger to the stability of the whole region," he said.

'Even the Doves found this shocking'

"This is an absolute astonishing event," said Howard Dean, a former Democratic presidential candidate, told Circa at the event.

What was said

The prince addressed NCRI's leader Iranian Rajavi, who had also told the crowd during her speech that "the overthrow of the religious dictatorship [in Iran] is possible and within reach."

Faisal later responded with, "your legitimate struggle against the Khomeinist regime will achieve its goal, sooner, rather than later."

"I, too, want the overthrow of the regime," said Faisel, who was once the head of Saudi Arabia's intelligence branch.

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