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Arab diplomatic duplicity and the Saudi/Iranian relationship

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Submitted by Lawrence M. Segan (United States), Dec 14, 2010 at 11:42

Mr. Pipes,

I read your article with great interest. But I wonder if your point about Arab diplomatic duplicity properly applies to the Saudi/Iranian situation. Have the Saudis been making public pronouncements supporting Iran? As far as I understood, the Saudis publicly disparage the Iranians, all part of the ongoing enmity between Sunnis and Shiites.

Lawrence M. Segan


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Daniel Pipes replies:

No, the Saudis have not been making public statements supporting the Iranian nuclear program.

My point in this analysis is not to argue that the Saudis are lying but that what they say in public - which is much more muted than what they said to American diplomats in private - is the best guide to their true policies.

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