Strategic Council Online: A university professor on geopolitical issues says the United States is withdrawing its Patriot missiles and troops from Saudi Arabia to earn more money from Riyadh. “Economic pressures have prompted Americans to try to test the Saudis to see how much they can help provide funding,” he said. However, the decision does not appear to be final, and it remains to be seen what the Saudis could do to keep Trump satisfied.”
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Strategic Council Online: The US-led Hebrew-Arab-Western axis, which has failed to contain the Resistance Axis in the political and security spheres, has entered the military phase, namely the escalation of the Zionist regime’s attacks and the resurgence of ISIS in Syria.
Hossein Ajorlou – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: The new round of rivalries in Libya began when the Turkish and Russian governments sought to pave the way for their exclusive presence in the country under the pretext of a ceasefire. They aimed to forge an agreement between Seraj and Haftar governments without the knowledge of the European states.
Jafar Qanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: The removal of the US dollar from trading on the China Commodity Exchange, given its significant contribution to the financing of European, Latin American and even African goods, means that global demand for the USD will decline. A drop in global demand for the USD would weaken the value of the currency and further destabilize its position as the dominant international currency.
Reza Majidzadeh – Developmental Political Economy Researcher
Strategic Council Online: An expert on political economy said that until now the treasury of the Persian Gulf Arab states was the unofficial treasury of the Americans, adding that this type of funding will practically be cut with the falling oil prices because the Arab states themselves are faced with budget deficits and cannot afford supporting US terrorist schemes in the region.
Strategic Council Online: Referring to the war of words between Turkey and the UAE over Libya, a university professor said that the rivalry that has taken place between the two groups in Libya is an endless game in which neither side will succeed in becoming influential powers in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. He said if this trend continues they will not be total victors in Libya.
Strategic Council Online: An analyst on the Middle East affairs believes that given the intensification of Saudi efforts to normalize relations with the Zionist regime and even the preparation of cultural contexts for this action, the Islamic world should prevent the execution of such a plan that betrays the Palestinian people.
Strategic Council Online: Foreign actors are taking advantage of the existing political currents in Lebanon to spark off internal riots with the aim of overthrowing the government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab and paving the way for Saad Hariri’s return to power. As a result, riots may spread in the future, and if this happens, the Diab administration will have to resign to avoid bloodshed.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: A West Asian affairs expert said the declaration of autonomy in southern Yemen marked the height of the conflict between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and said: “Saudi Arabia, the United States and the United Nations have come to the conclusion that since they cannot exercise their authority and hegemony over the whole of Yemen they dominate southern Yemen by implementing the partition scheme.”
Strategic Council Online: Given the agreement reached to reduce oil supply by the OPEC Plus States and the possibility of reducing the impact of the corona crisis on demand, oil prices are expected to rise in the next two to three months.
Mohammad Sadegh Jokar – Energy Expert
Strategic Council Online: US officials have witnessed a series of open and clandestine steps to launch anti-Iranian movements in Iraq that have not only led to serious setbacks but have also resulted in the expulsion of US troops from Iraq.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: A West Asian affairs analyst said that Canada’s decision to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia in open violation of human rights laws in the country, originates from the severe economic recession faced by the Ottawa government. “Human rights claims by Western democracies are used as showoff tools to influence the behaviour of certain statesmen,” he said.
Strategic Council Online: An expert on West Asian affairs called the mass deportation of Ethiopian migrants from Saudi Arabia without conducting corona testing an inhumane act, stressing that the deportation was sparked by the sharp drop in oil prices and a severe budget deficit facing Riyadh.
Strategic Council Online: An expert on Middle East affairs citing the global outbreak of the corona crisis, as well as the news on the arrest and restriction of the Saudi Crown Prince’s opponents under the pretext of quarantine, said: Bin Salman has tried to take advantage of the conditions caused by the coronavirus and eliminate his opponents. Re-adoption of conservative policies after a round of unsuccessful experience with political ambitions seems to put Saudi Arabia more focused on the economy. Accordingly, such an atmosphere could pave the way for greater engagement with Iran
Strategic Council Online: The developments occurring in Saudi Arabia in recent weeks for quantitative and qualitative reasons are considerably detached from the traditional process, based on general and current standards in the country. Meantime, some observers and analysts evaluate the situation of political trends in Saudi Arabia to be different from the previous years.
Abolghasem Delfi – Former Iranian Ambassador
Strategic Council Online: Saudi Arabia is trying to pretend that it has won many victories in the Yemen war and that these victories are summed up in the scattered bombings of the Yemeni people. But the people of Yemen, Ansarullah, and the revolutionary forces will certainly monitor Saudi movements intelligently, and will not allow Riyadh to impose peace on them, just as it imposed war on Yemen.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: The repeated violations of the ceasefire proposed by the Saudi coalition to the Yemeni army and the Yemeni People’s Committees must be analyzed in the context of Riyadh’s confusion in the face of the Yemeni war of attrition.
Kamran Karami – Researcher on Arab Peninsula Issues
Strategic Council Online: The Saudi-Russian agreement on oil output cut has revived the role of the United States, which was being forgotten as a result of falling oil prices and the lack of economic efficiency in shale oil extraction, and the United States is effectively playing an influential role in the global oil market.
Sabah Zanganeh – Expert on International Affairs
Strategic Council Online: Citing international developments in the post-Corona era, an international affairs analyst said: “It seems that the outbreak of the Coronavirus will lead to substantial changes in various global arenas, the culmination of which is already clear.”
Strategic Council Online: It appears the Trump administration’s most important tactic for rising oil prices is to put pressure on Saudi Arabia to drag Russia into an output cut deal and to threaten imposition of tariffs on oil imports from Saudi Arabia.
Reza Majidzadeh – International Political Economy Researcher