Speaking on Russia Today on March 26, Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal said that Iran, and not U.S. President Trump, was "causing trouble in the region," and that it was Russia's responsibility to "highlight the atrocious acts that the Iranian government perpetrates against its own people." Prince Al-Faisal, the former Chief of Saudi Intelligence and Ambassador to the U.K., pointed to Iranian intervention in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and elsewhere, and said that documents found in the Bin Laden compound showed that he had been in touch with Iran.
Turki Al-Faisal: "The party that strives to fan the flames and cause trouble in the region is, in my view, Iran, and not President Trump. If we examine Iran's intervention in Lebanon, in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen, and in different parts of the Arab and Islamic world... [Iran] brought volunteers from Afghanistan and Pakistan to fight and kill the people of Syria. It is Iran that seems to be looking for trouble."
Interviewer: "[Saudi Arabia] has been accused of financing the terror attacks in Iraq."
Turki Al-Faisal: "Saudi Arabia has been accused of many things, but if we look at the facts, established through confessions and documents – most notably, the ones taken from Osama Bin Laden's compound, after his assassination by the Americans – we see that Bin Laden was in touch with Iran. Many Al-Qaeda members fled from Afghanistan to Iran following the American invasion. Some members of the Bin Laden family are still guests of the Iranians."
Interviewer: "Some secrets died with Bin Laden. We still don't know how he was killed and where and how he was buried."
Turki Al-Faisal: "I believe that if you follow the news, you should know exactly where and how he was killed, and so on."
Interviewer: "The Americans have been producing Hollywood films for decades."
Turki Al-Faisal: "But we shouldn't deny that they have transparency on many issues."
Interviewer: "As long as it does not run counter to their interests... In any case, you know them better."
Turki Al-Faisal: "We will have to agree to disagree.
"In my view, it is the duty of the world, it is the duty of the world, and of a country like Russia, which is now an ally of the [Iranian] government, which persecutes its own people, and persecutes atrocities in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and elsewhere... [Russia should] highlight the atrocious acts that the Iranian government perpetrates against its own people."
Interviewer: "The Russian also say that they do not interfere in the internal affairs..."
Turki Al-Faisal: "Nobody is asking them to interfere, but they should at least highlight in their media, including Russia Today..."
Interviewer: "When we obtain verified information, in Iran or elsewhere, we try to have it published, because we are only the messengers, and delivering heresy does not make you a heretic."