Sunday, September 15, 2002

Saudis Change Stance On Help Against Iraq

Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Sunday the kingdom would be "obliged to follow through" if the United States needed bases in the kingdom to attack Iraq under U.N. authority.

This gives them a graceful way of changing their stance while not alienating the US government any further.

In an interview last month with The Associated Press, Saud declared that U.S. facilities in the desert kingdom would be off limits for an attack on Iraq. Saud said, however, that he remained opposed in principle to the use of military force against Saddam Hussein or a unilateral American attack.

The remote Prince Sultan Air Base south of Riyadh hosts most of the 5,000 U.S. troops based in Saudi Arabia.
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