For years the Iranians have offered to ease their tense relations with Saudi Arabia being the two polar sides of Shiite and Wahhabi sects and for years the Saudis thought they’re winning against Iran’s influence on all fronts, suddenly the Saudi realized they were actually losing and asked to talk with the Iranians.
Tehran was offering normal relations with Riyadh, ironically similar to what the Saudis are seeking with Israel now, and the Saudis then were rejecting each time seeing the Iranian offers coming from weakness, in their understanding, especially with many hot fronts in the region where the two parties are on the adversary sides and Saudis thought they’re on the winning side.
Recent fast developments with a complete twisting of events especially in both Iraq and Syria with the miserable failure of the Saudi attempts to divide Iraq through the infamous Barazani Kurdistan’s independence referendum, and the fast collapse of ISIS, Saudi’s camp main card in the region, these developments pushed the Saudis to try to grab the rope before the failures of their regional policies were published.
The Yemeni missile that went right up in the Saudi’s crown prince’s ego and messed his whole plans was the trigger to throw all cards on the table.
But before that, Lebanese al-Akhbar Newspaper tells us of a Saudi offer, not told in the news, to enter into a dialogue with Iran conveyed through Iran’s strong ally Russia.
Saudi King Salman upon his first of a kind visit to Moscow on the 4th of October conveyed a message from his son Crown Prince Mohammad aka MBS, the real ruler of Saudi, to Russian president Vladimir Putin asking his help to arrange for a dialogue with Iran. The Saudi king and his son, of course, al-Akhbar tells us, were surprised Iran would turn down such an offer, especially that Iran was the one chasing the Saudis everywhere calling on dialogue with them to work on solving the region’s many disastrous ongoing issues.
The Saudis were more surprised their choice of the mediator, Iran’s main Russian ally and partner on many diplomatic and military fronts in the region would fail to convince the Iranians to accept the very late Saudi request.
Putin, the newspaper adds, among his many bilateral matters to discuss with the Iranian leadership conveyed the Saudi message to the Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei and President Rouhani during his visit to Tehran on the first of November, and received a clear rejection to the Saudi offer of talks. Iranians saw many faults in the Saudi offer mainly the Saudi’s desire to show their failure in their war on the Arab’s poorest country Yemen as a strategic victory and manage by talks to impose their puppet regime and disarm ‘Ansarullah Houthis’ in Yemen, which they failed throughout the past 33 months of hostilities and war crimes.
Iranian rejection to the Saudi offer was enough for the Saudis to go rabid on all fronts against Iran calling on what’s left of the Arab League to convene and denounce Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon as terror-sponsoring and terrorist group respectively.
The Saudis followed their Arab League’s stunt with luring the Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri to Riyadh, kidnapping the man in a historical precedent on the world’s level, and forcing him to resign his post under the pressure of house arrest for him and his family. It needed the French president to interfere personally and directly to free the Lebanese prime minister after more than 2 weeks who would later withdraw his resignation in Beirut and saving his first country from horrors plotted by his patrons the Saudis.
Iran’s reply explaining its reject of the Saudi offer in the Yemeni’s part, its demand that any internal issues in Yemen should be handled by the Yemeni people themselves, especially those who withstood the Saudi-led aggression and suffered its massacres and its humanitarian caused crises.
Worth noting that over the past 33 months of the tens of billions of dollars cost military hostilities, Saudi-led coalition has managed to take control of more than 65% of Yemen, mostly empty deserts, very similar to what ISIS was in control in Syria and Iraq, while the vast majority of Yemenis, more than 22 million of them, still live in the regions under the control of the Yemeni government and its ‘Houthi’ allies.